Community Friends is a befriending service for people at risk of becoming homeless, or who have been homeless and are trying to rebuild their lives.

How it works:

The service aims to match people with  volunteer befrienders who will be there to listen to their worries, encourage them to become part of their community by taking part in new activities and help build positive relationships where there may have been few or none. The befrienders will never criticise or judge. They won't have all the answers but will promise to be there when needed.

The Wednesday Drop-in service offers food, friendship, advice and social activities. It is manned by volunteers, with professional advice being offered by statutory agencies such as Housing Options, Community Health and Addiction Services. The aim is that those who attend will gain confidence, be assisted in setting goals for the future and will engage with relevant support services in a neutral environment.