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Why on earth would anyone give up their time for free?

Why Volunteering?

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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Why Volunteering?

To help combat the effects of social isolation and loneliness, I am looking for individuals across the area. By Volunteering as a befriender you will provide a vital contact for a person, an important link to the outside world that often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

My advert. The one that started it all.

Why on earth would anyone give up their own free time to volunteer?

Why indeed.

1.Because it gives me a sense of well being. Does it?

2.I feel I am doing some good. Are you?

3.I am giving back to the community. Really?

or

1.The job centre made me do it.

2.I want to find a job and put on my CV what an amazing person I am for volunteering.

3.Because I am the one that is lonely and need to do something or very soon I will be the one looking for a befriender, someone to help build my confidence and get me back into the community. A community that is shrinking faster each day as I sit in my house, alone, doing nothing but watching day time TV and making important decisions such as, will I have the cheese and onion crisps or the ready salted?

Loneliness can hit us all at any time, one minute you have a family, a job, friends, a social life, you wonder when you can change your car or renew your golf subscription. Then one day it stops.

The job is gone, retirement came and went. You moved away to a nice quiet area in the middle of retirement land, the family are hundreds of miles away, they visit, but not as often as you would like. They have families and jobs of their own to fill their time. the doctor says you cannot drive anymore, something about your eyes not being the best. you look at your spouse, they are in a photograph as they passed away years ago.

Now you are alone, in your house, miles away from anyone, unable to travel as the not so fantastic bus service doesn’t come anywhere near your house. your family visit at Christmas and you get a card on your birthday rather than a visit.

It was all going so well yesterday.

Yes it all sounds awful and dreary, that’s because loneliness is. There is a statistic that is probably quite familiar now, one that says loneliness is as bad for your heath as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and there is another less well known fact that loneliness can actually double the risk of developing dementia.

Social Isolation and loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience, it can have negative effects, often associated with physical and mental health issues.

At the beginning of this blog I wrote, by Volunteering as a Befriender you will provide a vital contact for a person, an important link to the outside world that often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

1.Vital contact.

2.Valuable support

3.Important link to the outside world.

Remember those three things when you ask yourself why you should volunteer.

Yes you should volunteer for your own development, satisfaction and to gain valuable life skills. But more importantly, you need to realise how much of a life line you can be for someone, someone lonely and isolated, someone in your own community.

It might be you one day, sitting there watching day time TV, asking yourself the important questions that are the highlight of the day, cheese and onion or ready salted?

Why Volunteering?

Why Volunteering?

To help combat the effects of social isolation and loneliness, I am looking for individuals across the area. By Volunteering as a befriender you will provide a vital contact for a person, an important link to the outside world that often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

My advert. The one that started it all.

Why on earth would anyone give up their own free time to volunteer?

Why indeed.

1.Because it gives me a sense of well being. Does it?

2.I feel I am doing some good. Are you?

3.I am giving back to the community. Really?

or

1.The job centre made me do it.

2.I want to find a job and put on my CV what an amazing person I am for volunteering.

3.Because I am the one that is lonely and need to do something or very soon I will be the one…

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