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Face to face service

Would you like to talk to another parent who understands?

Face to Face befriending serviceOur face to face service puts parents with children or young people who are life limited or life threatened in touch with other parents who have volunteered their help as befrienders to offer emotional and practical support.

Who are the face to face befrienders?

All of our befrienders are parents of life limited or life threatened children themselves so they know better than most what you are going through. They also commit to undertake 40 hours of accredited training to ensure befriending is conducted in a structured approach with clear guidelines, agreed boundaries and formal training to ensure together we provide a professional and safe service.

How befriending can help you

Our befrienders are trained listeners and can provide reassurance and help in reducing feelings of isolation and helplessness that parents of life limited and life threatened children and young people may experience. The outcome of the service is to help parents and in turn the wider family to be better equipped to cope with the emotional and practical challenges faced daily.

“It is a relief to know that you can make contact with other parents going through the same thing.” - An Acorns parent

Face to face meetings with other parents can really helpHow does it work?

Each session with a befriender lasts about an hour and as a parent you can access the service in the family home or a location of your choice. (If you are interested in accessing this service please contact your local hospice, Acorns in Birmingham, Acorns in the Black Country and Acorns for the Three Counties)

Would you like to become a trained parent befriender yourself?

If you are yourself a parent of a life limited or life threatened child and would like to become a voluntary befriender we can help you prepare with relevant support to become a trained listener. Acorns Volunteer Co-ordinators will organise training for you and provide ongoing support throughout your befriending role.

What does the role give you?

Befrienders themselves benefit from this role as involvement in support of other parents can improve your own personal self-esteem and confidence and if so desired help facilitate a return to employment

How to become a befriender yourself?

If you are interested in finding out more about this role/service please contact:-

  • Acorns in Birmingham – Dee McCann, volunteers coordinator 0121 248 4850
  • Acorns in the Black Country – Louise Meehan, volunteers coordinator 01922 422 500
  • Acorns for the Three Counties – Grace Evans, volunteers coordinator 01905 767676

Report on Face 2 Face Service

Acorns Children's Hospice Director of Care, Emma Aspinall, has compiled an evaluation report on the Face 2 Face Service for James’s Place Foundation Grant 2014. You can read the full report here.

 

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