Celebrating Befriending with a Halloween Party!

In time for Befriending Week 2022, our Youth Befriending Services and Big Hearts Befriending teams came together to have fun and celebrate another year of their befriending programmes. They did it in style, hosting a Halloween party for their young service users and their befriending partners.

Before things kicked off, everyone was asked to give their thoughts on what “befriending is” to them as a volunteer or service user. These were all tacked together to form a bunting across the hall, showcasing the incredible impact that befriending has on everyone involved.

In the spirit of Halloween, the evening was packed with fun activities for everyone to enjoy. The evening got off to a great start with the children trying their best to mummify their befrienders as fast as possible! After they were suitably entangled (and, later, freed of their toilet roll prisons) everyone was separated into groups to have a go at dooking for apples, crafting spooky wee spiders, and decorating iced biscuits.

However, one of the highlights of the group’s evening was the chance to create their very own pizzas! With the help of Fin and Craig from the Space Kitchen team, everyone had a turn at making their handmade individual creations. The group designed some incredible looking pizzas, and they tasted amazing as well.

As the evening came to a close, Nicola announced the real reason everyone was brought together. Ahead of Befriending Week, all of the volunteers were presented with a certificate of appreciation celebrating their commitment and contribution through their role as a befriender.

Two volunteers also received an award of ‘Outstanding Befriender’ for their long-term commitment to the befriending services – Tasia, who has volunteered for an incredible four years through the Youth Befriending Service, and Fiona, who has dedicated an amazing 10 years as a befriender. Well done to all of our amazing volunteers, the impact you have on these children’s lives cannot be overstated.

Get involved! Get Befriending!

Befriending is a hugely rewarding activity and requires just a few hours of your time. It makes a huge difference to all those who take part. The children get 12 months support from a befriender and we know from our annual impact report that it helps with mental health, confidence, wellbeing and leads to better outcomes for education too.

We’d particularly like to see more male befrienders so if you can spare just a few hours each week to inspire and support a young person to be all they can be then get in touch!