Starting Volunteering is a great way to begin the New Year

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The festive season is over and we are now into 2017 with all the possibilities of a new year ahead. January can be a difficult month for many of us with the festivities over, short days and long dark nights, and the prospect of warmer weather still some way off.

It can also be a great time for new beginnings and adventures, however, and a great time to take on new challenges. Many of us make New Year resolutions to do something new, and perhaps to help someone else. What better time, therefore, to help an older person in your local community who is lonely and isolated? Volunteer Link is a small charity and we recruit and train local volunteers to befriend lonely and isolated older people within the borough of Ealing. We link volunteers with clients whom they have things in common with and deep friendships are often forged. Some clients enjoy crafts such as knitting or games such as chess and where possible we link them with volunteers who have similar interests.

All new volunteers undergo an initial one day training course with us, and there are further courses and development opportunities available. We also hold social events throughout the year where volunteers can meet each other.

Our current volunteers tend to enjoy their volunteering and are enthusiastic about it. One of our volunteers Robin, says of her volunteering ‘I’m a volunteer befriender, however I have gained an incredible friendship along with being gifted life lessons through a different lens’.

Volunteering can also be a development opportunity, enhancing caring, listening and rapport building skills.

Due to an increase in demand for our service we are currently recruiting volunteers and we will be holding a training course soon.

So if you live in the London borough of Ealing and are thinking about what you want to achieve in 2017 please consider helping a vulnerable person in your local community by becoming a befriender with Volunteer Link. This could be hugely rewarding for you and life changing for the person whom you befriend.

For an informal discussion about volunteering or if you wish to apply please contact me, Bridget Morris on 020-8434-3635 or email at bridget@volunteerlink.org.uk

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