Do you have some spare time? Enjoy helping others, making new friends and having fun? Or are you somebody who’d like to pursue a hobby, or go out, but need someone to help? Maybe you would like some company and have a cup of tea and chat?

Hamelin Trust and Essex County Council are delivering a new project, Bfriends, for those with learning disabilities and/or autism in the Chelmsford and Braintree areas.

The scheme aims to help people with similar interests widen their social network and engagement, both as volunteers and participants.

Participants must be over the age of 18, live in or receive social support in either Chelmsford or Braintree and identify as having a learning disability and/or autism.

Get in touch with us today if you are interested in volunteering or are someone who could benefit from this service.


How do I get involved?

Click on the relevant link below and fill out the short form. Someone will then be in contact with you to discuss.

I want to volunteer
I want to refer myself as a participant
I want to refer someone else as a participant


Meet Rosanna

Rosanna is Project Lead for the Bfriends scheme. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the local community in Braintree and Chelmsford and making a meaningful, fun and exciting pilot project that matches volunteers and participants to share skills, hobbies and interests, through the wonderful means of buddying up and friendship.

“This is a much needed scheme for people and I am hopeful that we can get lots of positive feedback and make it something that is used more widely.

“We are on the lookout for volunteers, local businesses and services who may want to get involved with this project.”



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