b'Annual Report 2021/22Floating Support Volunteer BefriendingFloating support services are short- Praxis Care operates a volunteer term (up to two years), flexiblebefriending scheme with 80 matched services provided to individuals infriendships. their own homes. Floating support services deliver housing-related support aimed at maximising anThe Befriending Scheme aims to:individuals independence whileHelp alleviate mental illness in those supporting them to maintain their at risk by the provision of practicalown home. and emotional supportCarers Advocacy Provide contact for those who areThe service operates in partnershipsocially isolated by mental ill healthwith the Belfast Trust to support those Encourage the development of in Belfast and surrounding areas whopersonal interests and socialhave caring responsibilities for peopleactivities for befriendees withinwith mental ill health. The service the communityoffers support with the following:Access to professional communitymental health team and The Young People Befriending wraparound psychological services Scheme aims to:Prompt response to requests Help those leaving the care systemfor supportthrough the provision of practicalAccess to support groupsand emotional supportInvitation to participate in Provide contact for those who areresidential short breaks most vulnerable and socially isolatedSignposting to other community Encourage the development ofsupport groups personal interests and socialactivities for young people withinthe communityMonitor the wellbeing of theyoung people14'