Epilepsy Action – Befriending Service


What is the befriending service? 

Befriending service links people who are affected by epilepsy to a volunteer befriender. Your befriender could be somebody to listen, if you are going through a difficult time. They could also help you take steps towards positive change, or provide support for looking after your child.

They will match you with a suitable volunteer befriender who will support you to:

  • Increase social life activities and reduce isolation
  • Encourage social connections
  • Help improve well-being
  • Develop supportive ways of coping and managing daily activities
  • Improve self-esteem, confidence and personal independence
  • Encourage physical activity, individual or social
  • Nurture trusting relationships outside of your home

After completing an online application, and if a suitable volunteer is found, you will be contacted for your first meeting. Please note that this process can take up to 4 weeks.

Sessions run weekly or fortnightly over a maximum period of 16 weeks (8 sessions in total). Meetings take place at a time that is mutable convenient for both you and the volunteer.


This service may be for you if:

  • You are 18 years or older, and living in the UK.
  • You are a person living with epilepsy or a parent/step parent/carer of a child with epilepsy

You can apply for the service here



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