All the very many readers of blog number 1 will know that I’ve chosen Mondays to do my blogging. This is because Monday is sometimes a tricky day to navigate and a quick recap of the highlights from the previous week, sometimes help to put me in a better mindset.
I spoke about our volunteers last week and what a good bunch they are. I mentioned our volunteer who was introduced to the person she is going to start spending time with every week. Well, she did her visit last week and reported back that she found that although it went well she felt they needed more time to get to know each other for the session to flow more naturally. On the surface this may sound like a negative thing to be focusing on for a Monday. But I think what this shows is that we have a volunteer who is honest about her experiences. She also said that it will take several visits to decide fully whether or not – showing that she is able to rationalise the awkwardness of a first visit as just that and persevere for a few more visits. Of course some volunteers hit it off straight away with the people they visit but it’s nice to see that others can be realistic and patient enough to give things a bit more time. We also had some great feedback from our other volunteers and I got to do my own bit of befriending with a bloke who spends all week with his wife (who has dementia) and has 1 or 2 opportunities to get out by himself. So I know first-hand how nice it is to spend time with someone who looks forward to your visits.
If you are considering becoming a volunteer for us or any of the organisations near you, I can recommend it. There will be a befriending project near you – maybe disguised by another name. But its well worth it. And you’ll be helping to address the armies of people who are stuck in, maybe due to ill health or disability or just confidence or anxiety.
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