Archway volunteer Roz tells her story…
Having been a befriender for over a year now, I feel like I have built up trust and can be relied upon – I can see how useful one-to-one befriending is. The Archway team are incredibly supportive and are always available if I need guidance, reassurance or advice. There just is the right amount of information and communication from the team as well as training regularly provided.
For me the most valuable aspect of volunteering is seeing the positive difference befriending can make to individuals. But volunteering has also taught me how important making the commitment is when befriending someone. It gives me a huge sense of satisfaction when I see the benefits of the time I spend with my friend and I believe they find it beneficial. Loneliness is a growing epidemic in the UK and befriending is an excellent way of creating links which are outside the realms of social or medical care. I like the informality and flexibility of this approach.
I would recommend volunteering with Archway because:
- It makes you challenge some of your beliefs and stereotypes.
- It makes a real and positive difference to individuals’ lives.
- It teaches you new skills and ways of thinking.
If you would like to tell your story about volunteering with Archway please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you.
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