Aileen’s Volunteer Story
Last week Yorkshire Children’s Centre chose their Volunteer of the Month for the Befriending Service, Aileen, who has been volunteering for a couple of years and has helped three ladies during this time.
She told us about her experience volunteering for the Befriending Service.
Why did you decide to start volunteering?
After being made redundant from a company I worked at for many years, I was suddenly at a loss. I felt I had no purpose to life and wanted to find a volunteering role to fill that purpose.
How was your journey in becoming a volunteer?
My journey started with my local job centre giving me details for YCC. After contacting them they invited me to attend a course which explained about their work.
Has volunteering improved your wellbeing at all?
Volunteering has improved my wellbeing. It is satisfying to know that even giving a little of my time can mean so much to someone who is lonely.
What would you say to somebody who is thinking about becoming a Befriender?
I would say to anyone who is thinking of befriending to just do it. YCC will do their best to match you with a suitable friend. In the unlikely event you don’t feel your match is working they will find you another friend. I have befriended 3 ladies now and all have been lovely matches. Befriending is a great thing to do and can help make someone’s day/week a little less lonely.
If you could summarise your Befriending journey in 3 words, what would they be?
Find out more about volunteering as a Community Friend here https://volunteering.tslkirklees.org.uk/job/yorkshire-childrens-centre-5/