Guideposts Friendship Schemes

 Our Friendship Schemes provide lots of great opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to get out into their local community, make friends and have fun.

What is the purpose of the Friendship Schemes?

To offer equal opportunities for people with learning disabilities to socialise, make friends and feel a part of the community they live in.

  •  To overcome the loneliness and isolation that some people with learning disabilities experience
  • To offer opportunities for people with learning disabilities to become more independent and confident
  • To offer opportunities for people with learning disabilities to make decisions and choices about their lives
  • To offer the opportunity for a more fulfilling life for people with learning disabilities


Is there a Friendship Scheme near me?


Stevenage and North Herts

Activities taking place at our Stevenage and North Herts scheme;

• One –to-one befriending. The Friendship Scheme co-ordinator arranges for volunteers to form a friendship with an adult who has learning disabilities. With the support of the co-ordinator, volunteer befrienders share a little bit of their leisure time with their friend and support them to get out and about, use local leisure and social facilities and have a fuller social life. The activities they might do together could include: playing pool or darts in the pub, theatre trips, shopping or lunch in town, going to gigs, country walks and so much more.

• Group outings – great for meeting other people who use the Friendship scheme and having new experiences. Trips are 5 times a year and have included the London Dungeons, the Harry Potter studios and local pantomimes.

• Stevenage weekly drop-in. An opportunity to meet friends, listen to music, play pool, table tennis or table top games and enjoy a hot drink. This takes place at the Bowes Lyon Centre Stevenage every Wednesday between 11am and 2pm.

• The Friendship clubs – help people who are harder to match with a 1:1 befriender to take part in leisure activities. The clubs meet once a month in Stevenage and North Herts and include activities such as bowling, pub nights, theatre trips, football matches etc.
How to find out more:-
Call the Co-ordinator Carol LeGrand on:
 07984 539343
Or call the office on:
01438 225560
Or send an e-mail to:
CLegrand@guideposts.org.uk


St Albans and Harpenden

Activities taking place at our St Albans and Harpenden scheme

• One –to-one befriending- the Friendship Scheme co-ordinator arranges for volunteers to form a friendship with an adult who has learning disabilities.  With the support of our co-ordinator, volunteer befrienders share a little bit of their leisure time with their friend and support them to get out and about, use local leisure and social facilities and have a fuller social life. The activities they might do together could include: playing pool or darts in the pub, theatre trips, shopping or lunch in town, going to gigs, country walks and so much more.

• The Friendship clubs – help people who are harder to match with a 1:1 befriender to take part in leisure activities. The clubs meet once a month in St Albans and Harpenden and include activities such as bowling, pub nights, theatre trips, football matches etc.
• Fit for fun – a gentle and fun exercise and movement session with a healthy eating session. Meets every two weeks in St Albans.

• Art group – enables people to meet others and enjoy arts and crafts in a relaxed yet exciting hands on group. Activities include art from around the world, puppet making and mosaic work. Meets once a week in Harpenden.

 Group outings – great for meeting other people who use the Friendship scheme and having new experiences. Trips are 5 times a year and have included trips to the seaside, the Harry Potter studios and ice skating.

How to find out more:-
Call the co-ordinator Jane Reidy on:
07850 773145
Or send an e-mail to:
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The Friendship 4 All Scheme – Hertfordshire and Essex
Friendship 4 All is a friendship scheme supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
Areas covered in Hertfordshire:
East Herts and Broxbourne, Welwyn and Hatfield, Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers
Areas covered in Essex: 
Epping Forest, Harlow District, Uttlesford

Activities taking place with our Friendship 4 All scheme

One-to-one befriending- the Friendship Scheme co-ordinator arranges for volunteers to form a friendship with an adult who has learning disabilities.  With the support of our co-ordinator, volunteer befrienders share a little bit of their leisure time with their friend and support them to get out and about, use local leisure and social facilities and have a fuller social life. The activities they might do together could include: playing pool or darts in the pub, theatre trips, shopping or lunch in town, going to gigs, country walks and so much more.

Social Groups - Friendship 4 All organise varied group activities and events during which the scheme members meet with friends and make new friends. Activities include, for example, canal boat trips, archery, bowling evenings, pub meals, trips to London etc.  These activities are organised at least once a month and are supported by community volunteers;

Local Connect Groups - Friendship 4 All supports adults with learning disabilities living in the same locality to meet regularly with friends in the community.


How to find out more-


For East Herts and Broxbourne, Welwyn and Hatfield, Uttlesford, Harlow District and Epping Forest-
Call the co-ordinator Emma Metcalfe on:
07894 256255
Or call the office on:
01920 484946
Or send an e-mail to:
EMetcalfe@guideposts.org.uk
For Hertsmere and Watford and Three Rivers-

Call the co-ordinator Nikki Ward on:
07973 631348 Or 01923 223554
Or
send an e-mail to: NWard@guideposts.org.uk
For the Connect groups-

Call the connect groups facilitator on 07790 557587
Or
send an e-mail to: ANicholls@guideposts.org.uk