Befriending programme

Support from someone who has been there.
Our telephone befriending network brings together people who have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia.

The network offers ongoing telephone support from a trained befriender to an individual more recently affected It is available to anyone who would like to talk to someone about the diseases and their impact. You do not need to be the one who is ill; you could be a close relative or a friend.

There are 135 trained volunteer befrienders across the UK and Ireland with a wide range of experiences. Some have been bereaved while others are coping with their own, or their child’s, life altering after effects.

No matter what your experience our Telephone Befriending Network can help and we will have someone who has gone through something very similar and who can be there for you.

"I found it extremely helpful to speak to someone who has been through a similar experience. It gave me hope that they had got through it and things could improve in the future." - Sarah Stables

"It is good to know that I am offering support and comfort to someone at a difficult time. Having been there myself I know how lonely and scary it can be" - MRF member Jacquie Pasqualone

Befriender training

Befriender training

We’re currently looking for people with experience of meningitis and septicaemia to join our befriending network and help support others dealing with issues as a result of the diseases.

We've got one training day coming up

Edinburgh, UK 10am-4pm, Saturday 2 June 2018

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