Befriending is a service that provides companionship to vulnerable people finding living in their community difficult. It offers the opportunity to develop new relationships and participate in social activities. Omagh Support Group provide a befriending service to all its members.
Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to members who would otherwise would be socially isolated. The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.
Service users are required to complete pre and post therapy questionnaires to assess the extent to which the treatment has assisted them over the course of treatment. Service users are also reminded that there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Only in exceptional circumstances will they be able to redeem the treatment session.
Omagh Support Group strongly believe that if we are to effectively help our members in their transition and journey of recovery this cannot be done by isolating the individual and only working with them. We need to work with the wider family circle as all have been affected by the trauma.
Young people are extremely perceptible, and research indicates that trans-generational trauma affects 3 generations. For this reason, we believe it is vital we deliver activities that are focused on young people and the family. Within this plan of work is a series of training and development opportunities in areas of active citizenship and peer support, underpinned by activities promoting social interaction and cultural diversity.
Advocating for Truth & Justice
Sometimes it’s really good to talk with someone outside the situation. Counselling lets you work through your experiences. The counsellor will listen and help you make sense of things and you will learn new ways to cope or change.