FriendBee SEND Befriending

FriendBee SEND Befriending

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FriendBee is a SEND Befriending Service delivered by Ruils that matches young people with a paid Befriender to help them access social and leisure activities. We currently support young people up to the age of 25 that have a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND) that impacts their social life, who also live in the London Boroughs of Richmond or Kingston.

Our Befrienders are recruited, trained, vetted and employed by Ruils to make finding the right support easier for families. Our service is designed to make long-term and sustainable matches between families and Befrienders. While we help coordinate matches and manage the employment of Befrienders, parents work directly with Befrienders to establish a schedule for sessions.

We require that our Befrienders:

  • Are over 18 years old
  • Live, work or study in Richmond or Kingston Boroughs
  • Have experience working with children/ young people
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Commit to at least 1 year

The hourly rate for Befrienders is the London Living Wage plus on-costs and this cost is covered by the family.

This service has website where registered families and Ruils Befrienders can connect. To learn more about how it works and register for the service visit


Service Coordinator

Rachelle Taylor

075 0802 2431


To read about other children's services at Ruils, visit our pages on Family Matters (for family support), SEND Advice and Bright Futures (SEND Transitions).

Service access criteria: Disabled children and adults and people with long term health & mental health conditions living in the Richmond Borough
Adult carers advice and support
Activities for children and young people
Support for carers
Additional needs catered for:
Learning difficulty friendly
Waiting list (weeks): 0
Key words - separate with a comma: Befriending, service, spepecial education need or disability, young people, children, family