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Case Studies

The following examples describe some of the key benefits of commissioning Befriending Networks's consultancy services:

dateorganisation & work undertaken
September 2010

Shetland Befriending Scheme

  • Evaluation of 3 children's befriending services
August 2010

Interest Link Borders

  • Evaluation of 3 learning disabilities services
Apr 2010

Volunteer Centre Midlothian

  • Feasibility study for the development of LIVE IT Sidekicks into care homes and sheltered housing
Jan-May 2010

GYP Borders

  • Evaluation of pilot care leavers peer mentoring project and participation programme for looked after children
Jan 2010

Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project

  • Audit of staff salaries and review of staffing structure and office practice
Dec-Mar 2009/10

Volunteer Centre Midlothian

  • Evaluation of 3 year Volunteering Taster Sessions for young people project
April-May 2009

Volunteer Centre Midlothian

  • Evaluation of Live IT Sidekicks; volunteer buddies supporting IT users in Midlothian libraries
Nov-Mar 2008/9

Edinburgh Road Grouping of Churches

  • Potential for churches developing support for vulnerable adults in the local community
Jul-Sep 2008

LINK, East Fife

  • Feasibility study into an existing adult mental health befriending service developing sister service in Glenrothes
2008

LINK, East Fife

  • Feasibility study into an existing adult mental health befriending service developing support for older people in Glenrothes
Jun-Jul 2008

GYP Borders

  • Feasibility study into the development of transition befriending for children leaving primary and secondary school, evaluation of previous befriending services and drafting business plan and Big Lottery Fund application
2008

Eden MIND

  • Penrith Evaluation of new mental health befriending project
  • Planned for Apr onwards
Mar 2008

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, London

  • Training on Recovery and Resilience in Mental Health
  • Planned for Apr onwards
Jan 2008

Cardiff Health Board

  • Training on Challenging Behaviour
Jan-Mar 2008

Liver Transplant Unit, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

  • Feasibility study into the development of a Scotland-wide telephone befriending project for people on the liver transplant waiting list
Dec-Feb 2007/8

Bridging the Gap, Dundee

  • Evaluation of befriending project for voice hearers and assessment of procedures and practice
Jul 2007

COVEY, Blantyre

  • Evaluation of befriending project for young people referred through the Youth Justice Team
Jul 2007

Clydesdale Befriending for People with Learning Disabilities

  • Evaluation of befriending project for people with learning disabilities and assessment of procedures and practice
May 2007

Befriend ER (East Renfrewshire)

  • Evaluation of befriending project for older people
May 2007

Shetland Befriending Scheme

  • Evaluation of pilot project with 16-25 year olds
Apr 2007

Butterfly Trust

  • Session for volunteer befrienders who support young people with cystic fibrosis as part of a day event
March 2007

Annandale and Eskdale CVS

  • Feasibility study looking at potential for older peoples befriending in Annandale and Eskdale
Jan-Feb 2007

Interest Link Borders

  • 3 year evaluation of project supporting people with learning disabilities. Interviews with volunteers, carers/parents and referral agencies.
  • Focus group with service users.
Jun 2006

Bield Housing Association

  • 1 day training for staff involved in supporting volunteer befrienders at Bield care homes
May 2006

Camphill Community

  • Conference presentation and workshop on befriending for people with learning disabilities
May 2006

Midlothian Volunteer Centre

  • Feasibility study looking at potential/need for an environmental volunteering project for people with mental health problems
Mar 2006

Cardiff Health Board

  • 3 days training for befriending project staff from varied projects around Cardiff
Jan 2006

Midlothian Befriending Scheme

  • Feasibility study looking at potential of developing of a generic adult befriending service to support children and young people
2005/6

City and Hackney Mind, London

  • External supervision for Befriending Project Co-ordinator
Nov 2005

LEAD Scotland

  • 2 days of staff training on issues in supporting volunteers who work with home based people with physical disabilities (Ongoing, every 2 months)
Sep 2005

Home Link, Edinburgh

  • Analysis of project strengths within wide social care context
  • Recommendations on related funding approaches
Jun 2005

Interest Link Borders

  • 2 days staff training on Interviewing Skills, Motivation of Volunteers, Supervision and Providing 1:1 Training
May 2005

Sunshine Project, Help the Aged, Clacton

  • Provision of 2 days training for volunteers to be placed in care homes (training provided to assist project where there was a staff shortage because of maternity leave)
Feb-Apr 2005

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, Manchester

  • Support of 8 English befriending projects through the application process of the Approved Provider Standards and reporting on their experience
Mar 2005

Healthy Valleys

  • Lanarkshire 1 day working with project to explore progress to date, problems in setting up and solutions for the future
Feb 2005

Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire Befriending Service

  • Evaluation of generic befriending project for isolated adults at end of 3 year lottery funding period. 30 interviews with volunteers, service users and referral agencies.
Jan 2005

Age Concern Newcastle

  • 1 day training on 'Boundaries' for staff from Age Concern projects in the north east of England
Jan 2005

Grampian Buddy Group, Aberdeen

  • Review of volunteer support service for people who are HIV+ with recommendations for future structuring and management of the project
Nov 2004

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, Manchester

  • Assessment of Approved Provider Standards and their applicability for befriending projects
Jun 2004

Sound Sense, Tayside Association for the Deaf, Dundee

  • Evaluation of befriending project supporting people with hearing impairments
  • Interviews undertaken with volunteers, service users and referral agencies
May 2004

SoLVE Befriending Project, Hamilton

  • Evaluation of project supporting formerly homeless people in new tenancies
  • Face to face and telephone interviews with volunteers, service users and current and potential referral agencies
  • Strategic analysis to assist project in planning its expansion
Feb 2004

Interest Link Borders

  • Evaluation of project supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Interviews with volunteers, carers/parents and referral agencies.
  • Focus group with service users
  • Strategic analysis to assist project in future planning
Nov 2003

Shetland Befriending Scheme

  • 3 year evaluation
  • Interviews with befrienders, parents and referral agencies
  • Postal survey for young people
  • Audit of project's current status and suggestions on future developments.
Oct 2003

Community Support Team, Gorbals

  • Staff training and manual-writing on good practice development of new project
Sep 2003

COVEY Clydesdale

  • Writing of Manual for Transition Befriending, a new form of 3 way befriending developed by the project
Aug 2003

Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project

  • Project Audit
  • Crossover of Staff roles
  • Suitability of Project Procedures / Salary Recommendations
Aug 2003

Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire Befriending Project

  • Year 1 Review of Telephone
  • Email befriending service
May 2003

Epilepsy Connections, Glasgow

  • Year 1 Review
  • Audit of Project Procedures
  • Documentation and suggestions for development
Oct-Dec 2002

Crisis, London

  • Survey of homelessness organisations' interest in befriending
  • Survey of homelessness befriending projects' procedures, resources and practice
  • Survey of vulnerable adult befriending projects' procedures, resources and practice
  • Strategic place of befriending within Crisis