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Volunteers take part in befriending induction

Following an appeal in the BFP, 27 new volunteers have signed up to a befriending scheme in the town.  Here they are pictured at an induction evening at the Bury fire station.

Following an appeal in the BFP, 27 new volunteers have signed up to a befriending scheme in the town. Here they are pictured at an induction evening at the Bury fire station.

A befriending scheme in Bury St Edmunds has seen an uptake in volunteers following a recent appeal in the Bury Free Press.

Run by The Voluntary Network in partnership with Age UK Suffolk, the service helps isolated people find someone to talk to.

On Monday night, 27 new volunteers attended an induction at Bury Fire Station.

Befriending coordinator Terri Hardy said: “I had been trying for so long to get volunteers and your article really did make all the difference, and now I have plenty and there will be lots of less lonely people in the New Year.”

Lakenheath volunteer Valerie Oakshott, 74, said: “I get a lot of pleasure out of it. It’s very rewarding because the people I visit always seem very glad that I have been. They look forward to my visits - that’s the impression I get anyway.

“You grow very fond of the people you visit and it’s just a pleasure to do it. It’s only for an hour or so, it’s nothing really. I feel lucky that I’m healthy and able to do it. It gives you a bit of consideration for others that aren’t so lucky.”

She added: “ It’s wonderful and doesn’t take much time. What’s nicer than going to see someone and having a chat over tea and coffee?”

To get involved as a client or a volunteer, email terri@thevoluntarynetwork.org

 

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