Volunteer Carolina at Befriending Training Day

Befriending London freemansons volunteering Holborn

Volunteer Carolina at Befriending Training Day

This September we welcomed a new batch of volunteers to our Befriending Scheme supported by the London freemasons. We asked new recruit Carolina to share her experience of the training day and what she hopes to get out of volunteering.

Befriending London freemansons volunteering Holborn

“On a rainy Saturday I came to Millman Street to take part in a days training for the befriending scheme hosted by Kate the Befriending Scheme Organiser.  

Kate explained all volunteers take part in the training to discover what to expect from the scheme and to answer any questions they have.  

The day was also a deep dive into understanding the lives of the different befriendees we could be supporting and what sort of activities we could do together.  

I learnt many things throughout the day, such as looking out the welfare of our befriendees (and ourselves!) plus understanding safeguarding.  

Befriending is an interesting role for me as I am from Brazil and I believe we have a very open culture, I was a bit nervous it was going to be a culture clash. But the training gave me confidence to adapt my skills to the role.  

I’ve decided to become a befriender to make a difference to lonely and isolated people in London and to share happiness whilst I am living here”. 

Our volunteer recruitment is a rolling process and we’re always ready to hear from you.  For further information and to register interest in this opportunity please email kate.blackshaw@holborncommunity.co.uk

Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help