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“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

I have noticed ‘T’ is now more sociable and open. She expresses herself better and seems more relaxed and happy.

- Befriender

’Befriending has brought a whole new dimension into my life.  It is great seeing the progress the young people make.  I didn’t realise how much I would get out of it because of the physical enjoyment of the activities plus the mental stimulation, it is much more rewarding than I had anticipated’

- Befriender

‘Becoming a befriender has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  It has been challenging, fun and exciting.  The more dedication you put into it the more you seem to get out of it.  It was really great to get out and do some fun and exciting things e.g quad biking.  I remember us driving up and down muddy ditches getting messed up and having the time of our lives….I will never forget the look of happiness on my young person’s face.  I have been a befriender for 2½ years and we have done an assortment of crazy things…we have crawled around in a muddy forest on a group activity for example.  Other times we have simply taken my dog for hikes in Mabie Forest watching him chase the birds.  One of our favourite and relaxing things would be to go and chill out at a local cafe and stuff our faces full of pancakes and ice cream, followed by the most amazing hot chocolate!’

- Befriender

 

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