Recently I visited Scope’s Community Services in West Norfolk as they celebrated their first anniversary.
Sara Brown, who is the Community Organiser, matches volunteer befrienders to disabled people who would like to get more involved in their community. The service helps people to do things locally including accessing community activities, travelling independently, and making new friends.
Speaking to a number of people who had benefited from the service helped me to understand how they had gained in confidence from having a volunteer befriender. Tom, who attended the one year celebration event, having built his confidence, is now going out after school for the first time in ages.
The volunteers too said that they enjoyed making a difference to the lives of those they befriended. The age range of the volunteers was impressive with them ranging from those in their 20s to 60s.