Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 August 2015

Help befriend someone in need

by Niamh Agnew

Published 13/01/2011

Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat Convery is set to launch a new major media campaign on behalf of the Belfast Central Mission (BCM), to attract a number of volunteer befrienders.

The campaign will be launched on January 17 and continue throughout the year.

The launch will be held by Mr Convery, members of the befrienders programme and representatives from BCM.

BCM was founded as part of the Methodist Church’s response to the pressures of inner city life. It provides a range of community services for children, young people, older people and families which are supported by a large dedicated award winning volunteer team. The charity is involved with sectors of the community, irrespective of religious or political connections.

Befrienders are needed throughout the Belfast area and there is already a waiting list of befriendee’s to pair up with any new recruits.

This time of the year can be harder for many elderly people to get out of their homes.

Whether it is to socialise or go for shopping, the befrienders will be available to call for a chat, take them out to socialise, stop in to make tea or coffee, or provide help with their shopping and other requirements.

Befrienders are asked to give just one hour a week out of their time to visit an old person who may feel isolated or in need of company, and the charity hope that by launching the campaign they can recruit as many people as possible from throughout the community.

Anyone interested in becoming a befriender should contact BCM on 90241917 or visit |

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