Now we are into another new year, you, like me, might be starting to make holiday plans for the year ahead. During the cold, dark Winter months, it can be especially consoling to make holiday plans for the year, to start booking trips away, researching where you are going to visit and planning an itinerary. It’s great to anticipate your holidays and it means you can start enjoying the experience right away.
Spare a thought, however, for a lonely and isolated person who does not have this pleasure. They may be confined to their home and will also experience the cold and dark Winter months, but unlike you, won’t have the joy of holidays and trips away to look forward to because they cannot leave their home easily. Perhaps they don’t have anyone to travel with anyway, as they may be short of family and friends.
Now think about what a positive difference you could make to the life of such a person. You wouldn’t be going on holiday with them, but by volunteering with Volunteer Link you could visit and spend time with them, giving them a break from their own company. They are likely to want to know about your holidays, and plans for the year, even if they don’t have any of their own. Perhaps if they hear about these it might remind them of their own holidays in the past, and they would enjoy telling you about them. You might like to hear about their experiences, perhaps getting ideas for yourself.
If you are interested in visiting an isolated and lonely person who has difficulty in leaving their home, please consider volunteering with us at Volunteer Link. Volunteer Befriending can be hugely rewarding and enjoyable and we have a waiting list of clients who would love to have visits from you. We work throughout the London borough of Ealing. Our next Volunteers Induction training will be on Saturday 2nd March either at Boundary House or a venue nearby in Hanwell. For more information email the Volunteer Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to see you there.