Elim Befriending Service (EBS) was established by a group of church members from Elim Christian Centre, Motherwell who have a passion to reach our local community in a practical and meaninful way.
The name Elim is taken from Exodus chapter 15, verse 27 in the Bible which means a place of refreshing.
For people who are 50 years and over. Who are housebound and considered to be isolated or lonely. Who are caregivers and would benefit from a short respite break.
Befriending is an act to become a friend to someone, especially when they are in need of help and support
Everyone needs other people in their lives, but not everyone has someone. As a society we all have very busy lives and often fail to see that many people around us family, friends and neighbours can become isolated because of ill health, disability, bereavement and much more and being introduced to a befriender often fills a big gap.
Befriending offers support with reliable volunteers to people who would otherwise be isolated or to give care givers a much needed break.
Befriending also helps people to re-focus by giving them the oppertunity to build up new friendships, pursue old and new hobbies and interests. It also increases self-confidence and a sense of belonging
Oasis Wednesday is held in Elim Christian Centre every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. There will be a light lunch provided. There will also be a range of varied activities held weekly but most of all the oppertunity to come along and enjoy the company of others.
Our service is operated by a team of volunteers who are committed to supporting people in their community. They are all fully trained and PVG checked.
Volunteer befriending role is to come alongside the many people in our local community who find themsekves isolated through many various reasons or who are unable to get our on their own.
Are you are and outoging individual who is interested in other people? Who is a good listener? Who is reliable? Who can commit 2-3 hours each week? Then why not get in touch to discuss it further?
No previous experiance is needed as training will be given to prepare you for your role as a volunteer befriender with ongoing support offered to yourself.