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Adult Befriending Service – Enable Abilty

Brief description of what your services/organisation offers

In addition to providing continuity for children beyond the age of 18 years, our Adult Befriending Service is designed to provide a few hours support each week to individuals aged 18 to 65 years who are either socially isolated or severely restricted by virtue of their disability. As well as enabling adults to access activities of their choice, support is available for young people who are ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) and require help to overcome the barriers to achieving this.

Where the service is provided

Whilst the Adult Befriending Service is primarily for people with disabilities who live within the city of Portsmouth, referrals may be considered for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria within the wider South East Hampshire region.

What the organisation provides – types of intervention and support

For 18 – 25 year olds with a moderate to severe learning disabilities, the Adult Befriending Service will help these young people and their parents, carers by providing support and a new structure to their lives. They can choose the type of activities they wish to do and also buddy up with other service users and their befrienders to do group activities. The NEET service offers support with interview skills, CV writing, job searching, support in college, help to get into training and general confidence building.

Who can access the service?

This service is for adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities, the majority of whom will be in receipt of direct payments when they become 18 after an assessment of their needs, although other sources of funding may be used for suitable individuals.

Expected outcomes for young people and their families accessing your service

Enable Ability’s Adult Befriending Service is registered with the Care Quality Commission and fully meets all of its standards. By having a constant reliable friend in their lives, service users are enabled to enjoy activities that give them a better quality of life whilst improving their confidence and self-esteem.

How can this service be accessed?

By contacting the Adult Befriending Co-Ordinator, see below.

Contact details:

The Deputy Manager: 16+ & Adult Services

Tel: 023 9267 1848/ 023 9267 1846



How and who to make a complaint to:

In the first instance the Adult Befriending Co-Ordinator, then the Enable Ability Manager.

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