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Project information

Facing Change

Our pilot Befriending Project which is currently set up to work with Women repeat Offenders with substance misuse issues. To expand this project out to other disadvantaged service users both male and female with alcohol, substance misuse, mental health issues who would benefit from a befriender

January 2012 - December 2014

Charity information: Churches Action for the Homeless

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  • Need


    Service users will have many different issues that have led to social isolation and once isolated it is often nearly impossible to integrate into the wider community. Through a befriending service we hope to assist these service users to make lifestyle choices and if they wish changes that will move them forward and into the community and feel they can fully participate and be included.

    We also see that Social isolation which will be increased by cuts to current support services


    We will recruit and train volunteers who will help to develop positive relationships with clients based around social activities, however the longer term aim is the development of a nurturing, trusting, reliable and supportive relationships where the client will be encouraged to set objectives that will guide them to leading a more positive, independent and inclusive lifestyle

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Aim to reduce social isolation through regular contact with trained volunteer befrienders.


    » Trained volunteers will meet with clients regularly in the community to take part in actives aimed at increasing their social networks

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through client feedback and evaluation of the project and seeing positive behavioural changes

    Aim 2

    To encourage clients to make more positive lifestyle choices through community participation.


    » Through encouraging action planning and setting realistic goals that provide opportunity for personal growth and participation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through the Outcome Star Tool which measures 10 areas of life that may require change, service users can visualize there progress through there own Star.

    Aim 3

    To increase self esteem and resilience


    » Through the creation of nurturing and positive relationships with befrienders who are willing to support clients through the difficult times.

    What success will look like

    Both of the above, the Outcome Star will demonstrate improvements in all areas of life client evaluation will show they have overcome barriers and moved their life forward

  • Impact


    Less social isolation of this client group which will lead to stronger involvement in the local community, we hope to de-stigmatise homelessness through positive volunteering experiences.

    We will monitor the success of befriending relationships by measuring changed behaviour and willingness to be included and acceptance by others.


    Risks - failing to recruit enough volunteers or volunteers dropping out of the project

    We have already in place robust recruitment mechanisms and are gaining a good reputation for being a organisation that respects and values its volunteers - we have a well established core group of volunteers and we continue to attract new volunteers. We have created all the relevant polices and procedures for befriending and also currently training our first group of befrienders


    Through project reports by the Project Coordinator which will include a visual representation using the Outcome Star to measure the impact of the whole project. Feedback from volunteer befrienders, clients and referral organisations will be available on a regular basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £84,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,300 Staffing Salaries, training, travel
      £6,800 Volunteers Recruitment, training, expenses
      £11,100 Operating costs Office costs, equipment, communications
      £5,800 Admin Insurances, audit, management

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    PKC - Criminal Justice £16,250 Guaranteed
    CATH £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Perth is an affluent country town at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands it is not an area more commonly associated with homeless people. The CATH project has been operating in Perth & Kinross for over 15 years supporting homeless people and those at risk of homeless. Volunteers have also been an important part of CATH services and this natural progression into Befriending is supported by all staff and service users.


    Existing CATH service users, service users referred from other agencies. The local community from where we hope to recruit volunteer befrienders from.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CATH has been successfully supporting homeless people for over 15 years we have a proven track record of ongoing success with service users with alcohol and substance misuse issues. We operate in a highly tolerant and non-judgmental way We were awarded Criminal Justice money to set up a pilot befriending project specifically to work with women ex-offenders with substance misuse, we want to develop from this initial project to widen the scope of service users who can access volunteer befrienders

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elaine Lamb

    Human Resources Co-ordinator with the organisation for over 7 years with extensive experience in volunteer recruitment and retention.

    Michelle Holden

    Volunteer Coordinator responsible for all volunteer recruitment within CATH currently training the first tranche of volunteer befrienders.