What can Time2Share do for you?
Time2Share supports parent/carers of a disabled young person. Although more young people living with disability now attend mainstream schools there may still be times when they need extra support to be independent and to socialise with new people outside their immediate friendship group. You can apply to us directly using the links on this site.
We recruit volunteer befrienders who are linked 1:1 with a young person and their parent/carers. Befrienders visit regularly and spend time (a reasonable expectation is a few hours a week) being involved in activities the young person wants to do. Current activities include cycling, going to the cinema, going for a walk, visiting theme parks, going out for a meal and going to the shops; they provide young people with an opportunity to have an independent social life and the knowledge that they have someone who comes to spend time just with them.
Our befrienders come in all shapes, ages and sizes and we try hard to build links based on shared interests where everyone involved is happy! The scheme can give parent/carers a chance to have a short break or to catch up with a myriad of other things. We try and make the scheme as flexible as possible and Time2Share knows that many parent/carers appreciate having someone with extra energy around!
All befrienders undergo training and a formal Criminal Records Bureau check. Our co-ordinators are skilled in matching volunteers to young people they will get along with and they will arrange a visit to get a clear understanding of how a short break can benefit both the young person concerned and the rest of the family.