Spring is Here

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Spring is well and truly here. The clocks have gone back, the days are longer and we are enjoying the lighter evenings. Often we have more energy at this time of year and we can fit much more into our days. We also have Easter coming up which can be a time of family gatherings and celebration and we are currently in Lent, sometimes a time for giving.

For our isolated and lonely clients, however, the time of year often does not make much difference, this is especially so if they can’t get out, and have few, if any, friends and family to celebrate anything with. But a volunteer visitor always brings a breath of fresh air. Our volunteer befrienders visit their clients on a weekly basis for 2 to 3 hours.

We have more demand for our service than ever and we have a waiting list of local lonely and isolated people wanting volunteer visitors. We have a Volunteer Induction training day coming up on Saturday 1st June, at 9.30 am to 3 pm at a venue in Hanwell. Please contact Bridget Morris, Volunteer Coordinator on 020-8434-3635 or at bridget@volunteerlink.org.uk if you would like to find out more and/or apply to become a volunteer with us. Volunteers join a friendly team and we hold regular meetings and social events for them.

One of our volunteers, Sue, says the following about her volunteering: –

The elderly ladies I have visited all came to the Ealing area from other countries, and I have found that our conversations have given me a fascinating insight into their past experiences which I really appreciate. I would never have learned about these things had I not met them through my VLS visiting.