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Impact Report 2019photo of mentoring match

West Glasgow Young Persons Befriending Service

  • 30 children and young people aged 8-18 supported by 22 people volunteering as community-based adult mentors and befrienders with funding from Glasgow City Council (IGF).
  • Young people referred for support – most often by the HSCP – at a point when they are isolated or vulnerable and facing a range of issues, many of which are recognised as ACEs.
  • 80% increased self-confidence and ability to deal with everyday situations.
  • 67% more engaged in community activities.
  • 67% accessed other services with our support.

Arthur’s story:

Arthur (11) is on the autistic spectrum, he has a learning difficulty and was always worried about trying new things and meeting new people.

He’s been matched with Celia since May 2018.

Previously at school Arthur would choose to spend time on his own and do activities by himself but now he suggests to other pupils that they do things together.

His teacher said, “He communicates better with me but even more importantly, he seeks out his peers both in and out of class. “I’m delighted with the difference that befriending has made.”

These outcomes wouldn’t have been possible without funding from Glasgow City Council (IGF), our wider fundraising supporters and our partnerships.

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