Trust Scoops Top Befriending Award

25/11/2010

Belfast Trust have won a top award as one of the Northern Ireland winners of the Supporting Life’s Journeys ‘Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010’ The awards recognise volunteers and organisations that have made a difference to people’s lives through mentoring or befriending services.

Belfast Trust have won a top award as one of the Northern Ireland winners of the Supporting Life’s Journeys ‘Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010’ The awards recognise volunteers and organisations that have made a difference to people’s lives through mentoring or befriending services.

The Trust won the Commissioner Recognition Award for their role as commissioner of the Volunteer Now Belfast Befriending Scheme. This award recognises that the most effective mentoring and befriending programmes benefit from an appropriate and significant level of investment in management, expertise and support systems.

About Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now provides a befriending service for older people that helps them to stay in their own homes. The Trust has been a supportive, flexible and encouraging funder to the scheme for over 15 years. It provides older people with the benefits of one-to-one befriending support alongside a network of other care services that make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

‘Supporting Life’s Journeys’

The awards are a part of a national campaign, called ‘Supporting Life’s Journeys’, to celebrate and support the many individuals and organisations who help to address poverty and social exclusion through mentoring and befriending.

Mentors and befrienders are usually volunteers who are trained and supported by a range of charities and organisations to provide one to one support to vulnerable or at risk people. Mentoring and befriending have long been recognised as powerful and cost effective approaches to helping people achieve their full potential and avoid damaging or even criminal behaviour.

Steve Matthews, Chief Executive of the MBF, which organised the awards, says: “we had huge numbers of entries to the awards, with many people and projects being nominated by members of the public. It was really difficult for the judges to choose between so many diverse examples of excellence, so we really would like to congratulate today’s winners; they are incredibly special to have got one of these awards.”
As regional winners the Trust are now through to the National Recognition Awards in London next month.