Mental Health Befrienders

The butterflies mental health befriending service provides support to those in our community who have mental health issues and are often lonely and isolated.  This unique service has been created in association with Butterflies and other community organisations in Winchester and surrounding areas and will be expanded to other areas of Hampshire when funding is arranged.

What our Befrienders do

One in four people experience some form of mental health problem in any year and this has increased significantly in the past year as the pandemic changed our lives.

Our Mental Health Befrienders are there to talk, listen and encourage those who struggle to

remain positive and this can be on the telephone or over a coffee.  


Through these weekly calls or visits our befrienders make a difference.

Alex, who joined our Mental Health Befriending services in 2020 said.

“I was nervous meeting my client for the first time. We started with telephone befriending and then as time progressed, we arranged to meet each week for a coffee and chat.  As time progressed, we started to go to the friendship groups run by Butterflies.  It was in the groups that Jay found he could talk to others, make new friends and the interaction was brilliant. It is great to see the positive impact a befriender can make on someone’s life and I encourage others to join this service”.

Jane, who joined in December said.
“I read about the befriending service and felt I could help someone feel less isolated and have a purpose in their life. We talk about many different things, go for walks, and grab a coffee, it’s a rewarding experience and highly recommended.  We met once a week for six months. I hope that allowing her to talk - sometimes about her difficulties and often about anything but her difficulties – gave her a welcome opportunity to change her life”.