National Autistic Society uses Brightside’s online mentoring platform to run an e-befriending project, connecting people aged 16+ with an autistic spectrum disorder and their families with a trained volunteer. The project provides vulnerable adults who may have difficulty accessing other services with a safe space in which they can seek support whenever they need it, and a friendly link to the wider community.
‘We have worked with Brightside for several years to facilitate our E-befriending Service. Knowing that inappropriate language and attachments automatically go into moderation for checking gives us the security to run our service confidently. This is especially important to us as many of our users are considered to be vulnerable. The Brightside platform is easy to use for us as coordinators and for our mentors and mentees and we receive excellent support from our project coordinator.’
Michelle Englar, Lifeline Volunteer Manager, National Autistic Society