Befriending Stories

What is Befriending like and how does it support recovery?

We asked some of our past and present Befriendees and Befrienders to tell us about their experience. Written or recorded in their own words, they simply speak from the heart. Discover what the service offers, how it might help you or a loved one and what a Befriender brings to the partnership in terms of lived experience of recovery. 


Sarah* - How having a Befriender helped my recovery from Bulimia

My Experience of Befriending - Sarah



In her own words, Sarah* explains how having a Befriender helped her really believe full recovery was possible and how to normalise the ups and downs of the recovery journey at a time of significant change in her life. 

Click to read Sarah's story

*Names have been changed.







Becky - I recovered from an eating disorder and now I help others going through the same thing

Being a Befriender - Becky

"It would have been such a comfort to know that what I was doing was a mental health problem and that it wasn't hopeless. Knowing that they had experience of the same eating disorder would have been so helpful too."

Becky explains how she thinks a Befriender would have helped her. 

Click to read Becky's story


Sarah - How Befriending helped me to recover after struggling with Anorexia and Bulimia for 22 years

Want to know more? 

For more information on Befriending and how we can help you or a loved one, read our Guide to Befriending (includes an application form), or drop our Befriending Manager an email with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!