Health charity befriending service plea for volunteers

A REGIONAL mental health charity is appealing for volunteers to befriend people affected by stress, anxiety and depression.

Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes Mind (WEL Mind), the local branch of the national mental health charity Mind, is set to launch a new volunteer befriending scheme help people suffering from mental health distress.

A spokeswoman for the charity said, “One in four people are affected by mental health distress, such as depression, stress, anxiety and bipolar to name a few.

“We hope the Reaching out to the Community project will help to encourage confidence in getting back into the community and result in many people feeling less isolated and lonely.

“We are looking for volunteers who are aged 18 or over and live within the above areas to assist in this scheme, by giving from just one hour a week to meet up with their befriendee and take part in different things with them.

“They will be partnered as best we can by age and interests so that they have a common ground to work from.

“Activities may range from meeting for a cup of coffee and a chat, going for a cycle ride, or simply walking to a support group with them.”

If you think you could help or could be helped by the service, call 01323 648836 or email