Summer: A time to rethink priorities

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Holidays, sunny weather, quality time spent with family and friends, barbecues and picnics, days that seem to go on forever – this is the stuff that Summer is made of and some of the things that we love about this time of year. It can be a great opportunity to perhaps take things a bit more easy,   recharge our batteries and take a holiday.  Holidays can be a time to dream and plan for the future, to think through our priorities and re-establish what’s important to us, what our values are and how we, consequently, spend our time.

We have more choices of how to utilise our spare time than ever before, yet, when we think hard about it, most of us  still feel it’s important  to dedicate some  time and energy to helping others, to ‘give back’ and support those in society who are less fortunate than ourselves.

If you can identify with this, perhaps you would consider volunteering, a great and practical way to proactively support others in your community. Volunteer Link is a befriending service  in Ealing whereby trained volunteers are individually linked to isolated and vulnerable people  in their local community to provide friendship and support on a regular basis . Our volunteers give up just a couple of hours a week to volunteer, yet make a significant positive impact on the lives of those they support. Clients say that their visits greatly enhance the quality of their lives and volunteers say that it’s very satisfying to know the positive difference they are making.

We are planning to do two one day training courses for new volunteers during the day on 16th August and 7th September. If you would like to train to be a volunteer with us and are free on one of these days please contact us at Volunteer Link by emailing Bridget Morris on bridget@volunteerlink.org.uk or ringing on 020-8434-3635. It would be great to have you onboard and we hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer.

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