I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my new friend. She has such interesting stories and it’s great to know that she looks forward to my visit each week. We have a good laugh together and I definitely feel like I’m making a valuable contribution.
Befriending has had such a positive impact on my life. It has boosted my confidence, such fun and rewarding to see how your company improves another person’s life. It’s like visiting a grandparent every week, who wouldn’t enjoy spending time doing that?
It’s a two way street and as much as I know my visits are very much welcomed I also get a great deal of enjoyment from them. It’s nearly always light hearted and there is a lot of laughing and smiling.
I enjoy meeting and chatting to people who have very few visitors and hopefully brightening up their day. I feel that I am doing something useful with my spare time now I have retired.
It’s the enthusiasm in Ann’s voice in ringing beforehand to check its ok to visit that day, to the welcome at her door to her throwing her head back in laughter at something I’ve said that she thinks funny. We share stories of our lives and her stories of bygone Maidstone are always interesting. When I’m leaving she always asks when I’m going again.
When I became a Volunteer, never in my wildest dreams did I think my lady Monica, would become a very dear friend. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to listen and bring a smile to someone’s face. My Mothers quality of life would have been improved immensely if this service was available sooner.
In my limited experience the relationship between the member and the befriender is totally unique particularly when one is in conversation with a friend who is experiencing some life time issues. It is rewarding to be able to reminisce with a person who is so willing and able to share their memories with you.
I absolutely love volunteering for age UK. It really gives you a buzz knowing that you are helping other people and you are the reason why that person is smiling. My friend and I have a great time together! I love to hear stories of her past and helping her with little things around the house. We have a great bond thanks to the befriending service and we both now have friends for life.
Thank you for introducing me to Janet; we have a lovely time although she sometimes forgets I am coming. I had no problems with Janet’s memory loss and I have found an inner patience and understanding I was unaware I had.
I really enjoy visiting and feel for a short while I can focus on helping someone to forget their isolation and have some contact from the outside world.
Befriending allows me a chance to give back to the older community and puts my troubles back into perspective!
Being a befriender has been a lovely journey of discovery. From a nervous first meeting of a stranger with whom I had no idea how we would get on, to a present day friendship which means a lot to us both. We discuss all manner of subjects, tease each other and laugh a lot, we grow tomatoes and dahlias together, and we visit local garden centres and share coffee and cake. It’s a pleasure to give time to someone who is elderly and disabled, but equally a joy to receive from them and both know it’s a two way relationship.
I volunteered because there was nobody there when my mum needed someone to talk to when she was alone. I thought I would stop someone feeling lonely. I was wrong. Fay tells me I not only give her something to look forward to, but I give her something to talk about. Someone to help her remember the good times she’s had in her life. Someone to share a joke or a sad moment. Every week we part with a smile on our face, looking forward to the next time. Why didn’t someone think about it before?????
I decided to volunteer after I retired believing that it would be a valuable use of my time whilst benefitting an older lonely person. I must add that it has also been of great benefit to myself as well. After retirement you suddenly have a lot more time on your hands and to spend a small part of it in the Befriending Service is a perfect way to feeling useful again and at the same time doing something very beneficial. Definitely a win win situation all round.