Befriending Mentor

During our Rainbow 1 (ages 5-12) and Rainbow 2 (ages 12-25) sessions, Befriending Mentors support our children and young people to engage in play and social activities according to their interests and abilities. This involves a variety of fun activities such as arts and crafts, sports, table games, group games, or playing pool. All sessions are supported and supervised by a team of experienced Rainbow Team members. Parent carers always attend Rainbow 1 and Rainbow 2 sessions.

Befriending Mentors also help out at our ‘Befriending Social Group’ sessions (ages 12–25), accompanying the young people to activities such as bowling, theme parks, and social style gatherings. The aim of this group is to facilitate and support the young people with their transition to adulthood by building their confidence, facilitating building friendships, reducing isolation and improving life skills and social skills. The group members usually come independently and parent carers do not attend.

We also run a Rainbow Early Years session once a month. These sessions tend to be smaller so there is less demand for volunteer support. However, if the Early Years sessions are something you are particularly interested in, just let us know.

For information about the dates, times and locations of these sessions, please see our ‘What We Do’ tab.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Befriending Mentor, or would like any more information, please email our volunteering team at