Free learning for Cyril Flint Befrienders

We’ve teamed up with Stephenson College to offer free work-book based course to our volunteers. This is an opportunity to complete a Level 2 course free of charge. The courses are work-book based, so can be completed in your own time to fit around other commitments.

There are a variety of Level 2 courses available, including:

Counselling Skills

Understanding Autism

Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Working with Individuals with Learning Difficulties

Understanding Behaviour that Challenged

Understanding Nutrition and Health

Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Working with People with Mental Health Needs

Equality and Diversity

Information, Advice and Guidance

Lean Organisation Management Techniques

Principles of Customer Service

Principles of Team Leading

Common Health conditions

Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

Customer Service for Health and Social Care settings

Principles of Dementia Care

Principles of End of Life Care

All courses are fully funded as long as they are completed in full. Failure to complete the course will incur a charge to cover the cost of the workbook and registration fee.

You will be given 12 weeks to complete your course and you will be supported by Cathy, a Stephenson College Tutor throughout your course duration.

You need to let Alison know by no later than 21st February which course you are interested in, to allow time for us to order your workbook. Call Alison on 0161 942 9465 or email

You will then need to attend a sign up session on 27th February at 6pm, at: Homecare Support, Craig House, 33  Ballbrook Avenue, Didsbury, M20 3JG, where you can meet Cathy, the tutor and collect your workbooks!



National Befriending Week 2016

This year National Befriending Week is being celebrated 1st – 7th November. We firstly want to say a huge, huge thank you to all of our volunteer befrienders for the time they dedicate to helping combat loneliness and isolation in the community.

It’s a very saddening fact that many older people find themselves feeling alone, lonely and isolated. This could be for many reasons, such as they do not have any family, they have outlived their friends, their family live far away or perhaps they have limited mobility and can’t get out and about without help. Whatever the circumstances, it is upsetting to think of people who live in our community being lonely and not feeling like they have a friend.

Cyril Flint Befrienders was established in 2012 after Cyril mentioned to his Care Worker that he was going to be spending his 23rd Christmas alone. An ad was put in the paper about this and evoked a wave of compassion throughout the local community; so many people were interested in helping that an informal befriending service was formed, which later became a registered charity. Our aim is to help combat loneliness and isolation in the community through befriending. We match lonely older people up with volunteers who live or work nearby and who can spare an hour a week to visit them for a cup of tea and a chat!

In 2016 so far, Cyril Flint Befrienders has befriended 111 older people in Greater Manchester, that’s 111 hours a week that our volunteers are giving to help combat loneliness and the physical and mental impact it can have on people. We cannot thank our volunteers enough, for their dedication and commitment in maintaining a friendship with their befriendee and often going above and beyond to have a positive impact on their befriendee’s lives. Through just one hour a week befrienders can fill a huge gap in a lonely older person’s life; giving them someone new to talk to; giving them something to look forward to each week and most importantly being a friend and letting them know they are not alone.

If you want to get involved, please contact Alison:

0161 942 9465