The charity BELIVE was set up in 2018 by Theresa and received charity status in June 2019, to support people who live in Medway aged 18 plus with a mild-moderate learning disability. Theresa also has a personal story for setting up BELIVE, as her daughter has a mild learning disability and suffers from anxiety. At the time, she had great difficulty finding a befriending service in Medway to suit her needs. This gave her the passion and drive to do a small-scale qualitative piece of research, aimed at social workers and care providers. This indicated there was a need for an independent befriending service in Medway, either face to face, over the telephone, or both. This also indicated the service was needed during the week, evenings and at weekends.

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