Successful befriending is based in strong training and support for volunteers

I began Befriending because I was in a position where I did not need to work. I thought it would be nice to do something for someone else and might benefit me if I needed/wished to return to university in the future.

When I first met my befriendee it could be uncomfortable (almost like we had been set up on a blind date) but as we got to know each other we began to get on well. It was good for me to have some time away from my children. It was also good for my befriendee to get out the house and be able to talk about her problems. For me it could be challenging when she cancelled on me at the last moment or when she had not done much since the last time I saw her (conversation could be quite repetitive). However I found the experience to be enjoyable and believe it helped her a good deal.

I feel my Befriending Co-ordinator, Stuart, was very supportive and communicative with me throughout my time as a befriender. He always made himself available to talk when I required it and invited me along to additional training on several occasions.

I thought my training was very good. In some regards you don’t know how good it is until you are faced with a situation with your befriendee and then you remember and your training kicks in.

I hope I am in a situation in the future to be able to return to Befriending as it is such a worthwhile cause.


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