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Befriending Week 2016 - Isobel & Regina’s story

02 November 2016

Befriending Week runs from 1-7 November and has two aims: to raise awareness of the issue of loneliness in our society, and to promote the great work of befriending services.

Here’s Isobel & Regina’s story:

Regina visits Isobel each week to provide a friendly face and good conversation as Isobel only leaves the house to attend healthcare appointments.  Isobel’s husband now lives in a nursing home as it became impossible for her to care for him as his dementia progressed and her health deteriorated and she misses him greatly.  She has 2 children who keep in contact regularly but live overseas.

Regina visits each week and Isobel loves to see her coming and says they get on like a house on fire.  Isobel loves to talk and has great stories to tell and Regina loves to hear them and has told her she should write a book.  Isobel laughs and says that she feels sorry for Regina when she leaves because her ears must be ringing!!

Ways to tackle #loneliness and volunteer as a Befriender:

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For more information about befriending, contact Victoria at Volunteer Now on 028 9023 2020 or email victoria.o’neill@volunteernow.co.uk

View a list of organisations with befriending opportunities

Visit www.volunteernow.co.uk  and use the ‘Volunteer Search’ panel on our homepage.  Select ‘Befriending’ as your activity and enter your postcode.  To apply for any, click ‘register now’ in the opportunity description.

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