Agenda item

B:friend performance update (Dac.25.03.2019/3)


Mark was welcomed from b:friend to provide an update.  Members were reminded that the commission involved one-to-one befriending and also organising social clubs.  All activities were focused on the five ways to wellbeing.


Befrienders visit those unable to leave the house for a drink and a chat.  This was said to often improve the mood and wellbeing of those being visited, with them having someone who cared.  Eight befrienders had been engaged, with a further six pending.


Two social clubs had been established, one in Thurnscoe and one in Bolton On Dearne.  The former had taken longer to become established, but was now well attended.  A further social club for the Goldthorpe area was in the process of being established and Members were asked to put forward any suggestions for a suitable venue.


Members heard of the relatively low numbers of referrals, even though those involved in social prescribing, GPs and community nurses had been engaged. Members agreed to assist where possible.


The meeting heard of the intergenerational work being undertaken with nursery settings, and Members suggested that the positive work between Dearne ALC and Goldthorpe Development Group could be built upon.


Those present heard of the donation provided by Keepmoat to provide a social club in Thurnscoe, which was thought positive by all.

RESOLVED that the update be received.