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Barnsley Volunteer Befriending Service

Priory Campus
Pontefract Road
S71 5PN
Call: 07880 191292

Services offered:

  • Befriending Networks
  • Community support
  • Drop in
  • Individually tailored one-to-one support
  • Peer support
  • Social inclusion support
  • Social networking
  • Support to access community resources
  • Volunteering
  • Weekly visits

Operations and Development Manager: Andrew Farquhar
Project Manager: Bev Slater
Referrals accepted from: CMHT (Community Mental Health Teams), GPs (if service users have recently been discharged back to GP care).

About the service

The Barnsley Volunteer Befriending Service links people living with mental health issues to local volunteers who can offer them support and companionship.

This support can be provided for the short-term (3-6 months) or for the longer term (up to 12 months).

The befriending partnership between the service user and the volunteer explores goal-setting on issues like preventing social isolation, working on using public transport and increasing independence, volunteering and progressing into education or employment.

We offer both one-to-one befriending and social group befriending.


This service is for people aged 18+ living in Barnsley who are using secondary mental health services, i.e. local CMHTs (Community Mental Health Teams), or for people who have recently been discharged from CMHTs back to GP care.

The Barnsley Volunteer Befriending Service cannot accept referrals from single point of access teams in Barnsley.