Befriending – ‘Connecting People’

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting referrals for one-to-one befriending in York and Selby.

About Befriending

York Mind’s Befriending Service, ‘Connecting People’, provides one-to-one and group based support to adults who feel lonely or isolated.  Befriending aims to:sleby social

  • Reduce isolation through 1:1 and group-based support
  • Improve people’s confidence, resilience and social skills
  • Empower people by offering opportunities to volunteer and support others


Befriending Groups

Following a face to face assessment, you will be offered a place on one of the following groups according to availability and suitability:

  • Befriending Socials – These friendly and informal monthly social groups are a great way to start your journey towards greater social confidence.  Meet new people and chat over a tea, coffee and light refreshments and enjoy some of our fun activities throughout the year, including our annual BBQ and Christmas Party!
  • Connecting People Wellbeing Group – This 6 month, weekly group aims to support you to make meaningful and lasting connections with others, in a safe, relaxed and fun environment.  We will facilitate discussion on a range of topics around mental wellbeing, such as how to manage anxiety, develop confidence, be assertive, develop self esteem and compassion and manage setbacks to name a few.  We will also offer different activities in the group, such as craft sessions, mindful walks, baking and visits out.
  • 6 Week Confidence & Resilience Course – This course will support you to explore new ways of managing your emotions and adapting how you think and react to situations in order to feel more confident, resilient and connected. We will facilitate discussions and complete group activities using a work book. Everyone is encouraged to take part and support each other as best they can, in order to get as much as possible from the course.


One-to-One Befriending

Following a face-to-face assessment, you will be matched with a volunteer befriender according to shared interests and availability, and partnerships are supported by the Befriending Team.  Befrienders support people to engage in a range of social activities in the community, like going for walks, chatting over a coffee, or visiting new places.  Please note that our befrienders are unable to do home visits.

Referring in

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting referrals for one-to-one befriending in York and Selby.

We are continuing to accept referrals for our befriending groups in York and Selby with the new start dates for the various groups/courses below:


Wellbeing Group 1 – Monday 9th April – Monday 30th July 2018 2pm-3:30pm at 30 Clarence Street, York

Wellbeing Group 2 – Tuesday 22nd May – Tuesday 31st July 2018 10am-11:30am at 30 Clarence Street, York

Confidence & Resilience course – Thursday 7th June 2018 10am-12pm at Highcliffe House, York (6 weeks)


Wellbeing Group – Friday 6th April – Friday 27th July 2018 10am-11:30am at Scott Road Community Centre, Selby (6 months)

Confidence & Resilience course –  Wednesday 20th June 2018 10am-12pm at Community House, Selby (6 weeks)

You can refer yourself, or someone else can refer you, by using the ‘refer now’ button on the home page of our website. Alternatively you can chat to someone on the Befriending Team by calling 01904 643364 and selecting Option 3.

Who Can Accessyork social

You can access Befriending if you:

  • Are aged 18 and over
  • Feel lonely or isolated
  • Are able to leave your house unaided
  • Want to improve your confidence and wellbeing
  • Are prepared to make changes and take positive risks
  • Live in the districts of York or Selby



To protect our future sustainability, we ask clients to contribute £2 per session to access our befriending groups and courses.  The one-to-one support is free.