Monday, 4 December 2017

Day 109: Befriending

I've spent the afternoon in Devizes learning about Age UK. I applied to join as a volunteer after I saw a request for people to consider befriending a lonely person. It's something I thought I'd be able to do and, as they are only asking for a minimum of one hour each week, something that I definitely have the time to do.

It seems that, as with many charities and voluntary organisations, things progress slowly, all of which means that I won't be linked with a 'friend' until some time next year. They are also in the middle of changing their procedures so 'befriending' is out and 'well-being' is the way forward. It wasn't completely clear today but it seems that the voluntary role I was interested in, i.e. visiting, chatting, drinking coffee, making friends, will now change to a role where as well as doing all that, you also encourage the person you are visiting to take part in community activities. 

The next stage is to go on a course which goes into detail about the ins and outs of well-being and explains what my role as a visitor will be. I've come home from today's course feeling a little disappointed that it's changing and that it will take so long to get started, but I'll just have to be patient and continue with the process. 


Today's photo was taken in Devizes on the way back to the car park. 

2 comments:

  1. It sounds so very worthwhile - good for you! Shame you can't get going more quickly but I'm sure things will get put in motion in due time, and when they do I'd love to hear all about it. Loneliness is the pits ... a role like that might be something I'd be interested in pursuing too. Good luck with it!

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  2. That's so interesting because my family has just started contact with Age UK as my parents are getting frail. We were impressed.
    J x

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