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Volunteers' Week 2017: Ann's Story

01 June 2017

Ann volunteers with the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Caring Communities Safe & Well Service

Ann’s a volunteer befriending champion

When Ann retired she wanted to do something to help someone else and Ann felt that Befriending is giving time to someone who is very lonely. Ann has found the experience very rewarding and has made a new friend. Ann would recommend Volunteer Befriending to someone who is considering volunteering she has expressed that the Volunteer Befriending Service is well organized, with help available when you need it. Ann says ‘Volunteer Befriending makes you feel you are being needed and doing something useful and worthwhile, basically it’s only your time you are not out of pocket.’ It’s about offering someone time to listen and getting them out of the house. Ann says she also enjoys Beulah’s company very much and it’s an opportunity for Ann to also get out and about.  

Beulah was initially quite cautious about having a Volunteer Befriender visit her at home.  Beulah said ‘I didn’t know if I would like it’. Beulah is visually impaired, finds it difficult to see colours and is unable to read any more. Beulah’s daughter saw an advertisement for Caring Communities Safe & Well in the local newspaper and suggested to her Mum to give it a try. Now Beulah looks forward to Ann coming every week, ‘it has given me a life’ expressed Buelah.

The Caring Communities Safe & Well Service are delighted that Beulah and Ann are enjoying their befriending experience. The Caring Communities Safe & Well Service wishes to take this opportunity to thank Ann for becoming a Volunteer Befriender.    

Caring Communities Safe & Well will be celebrating Volunteers' Week on Friday 2nd June 2017 with a special celebration event for all our Volunteer Befrienders to say thank you for their time and commitment, ‘you make a difference.’  

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Caring Communities Safe & Well Service is currently seeking Volunteer Befrienders in Ards & North Down, Lisburn and Down.

If you are inspired by Ann and Beulah’s’ stories and have one to two hours a week that you could spare to make ‘an older person’s day less lonely’ then please contact Caring Communities Safe & Well on Tel: 028 97566934, or register on-line: Volunteer Befriender

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