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I learned I’m also a bit like my young person.  That’s why we didn’t get on each other’s nerves!

- Befriender

Evaluation question.  Now that the befriending match has ended, what changes have you seen in the young person you were matched with?

“Communication and openness improved.  She talks about everything that’s going on.  She lights up when I talk to her about sports.  In the last couple of months she came out of the house independently.  She was always ready.” 

- Befriender

Do you feel Befriending has benefited your young person?

“Yes, I would say that she has made improvements in many areas.  She has improved in confidence which has allowed her to become more sociable and reduced anxiety. Her communication with mum is better, she realises when she might be in the wrong and to apologise to her mum.  She appreciated that her mum cares a lot and worries about her.”

- Befriender

Do you feel befriending has benefited the young person?

“I saw the change within the first few weeks.  His outlook and his demure became more open and relaxed.”

- Befriender

I’ve been a befriender for two years now and it’s one of the best things I ever decided to do. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to be a positive influence in a young person’s life, and am glad to talk about my experience.

- Befriender

As someone who has completed a few hours a week for a few years I can tell you volunteering will also make a real difference to your life. Being a Befriender has enriched my world and certainly given me hours and hours of pleasant experiences; enabling me to interact with young people in a positive way for them and myself. You also have fun. A win win situation.

- Befriender

My Volunteer Coordinator has been marvellous in her support.  Befriending staff in general are very supportive.  Courses are excellent and beneficial.  Some fantastic outings have been arranged.

- Befriender

N looks’ a lot happier and comes across that she is in a better place, than when our match first started a year ago.

- Befriender

I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my young person, he is now confident and comfortable, he behaves and has respect for others every time we are together.  His family have been brilliant, supportive and a pleasure to work with.  They feel like my own!

- Befriender

This past 12 months I have had the good fortune to be matched with a young person who was put forward to the befriending project by his school with the full support of his mother.  It has been wonderful to watch his personality change over the time we’ve been together; his aptitude for creativity, confidence in his own ability and his overall well-being has shown me the difference we can make to a young person who just needs that little extra in his left to set him on the right path.  So from me, a big think you to everyone involved.

- Befriender

My young person benefited greatly from having a befriender.  She enjoyed the knowledge of having someone to listen to her and call upon in times of need.  She became more confident during group activates and this let her move on in her life.  I feel privileged to have been part of such a worthwhile project.  Keep up the good work!

- Befriender

‘J’ is much more confident and self-aware – and talks about things more openly.

- Befriender

 

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