Praxis Care: Volunteer Befriender in Magherafelt

Ivor Faulkner is a Volunteer Befriender with Praxis Care's Magherafelt Scheme. To read Ivor's experience see below.

Ivor got involved as a Befriending volunteer back in 2009, his wife had seen an advertisement for volunteers and encouraged him to apply.

” I got involved as a volunteer befriender in 2009 after my wife had encouraged me to get involved.  I had spare time on my hands and wanted to get involved in something worthwhile.

I have been matched with two people through the Befriending scheme.  I really enjoy the opportunity to help people in my own community who feel isolated or lonely because of their circumstances.  We meet up regularly and go for a walk, for a cup of tea or just to chat.  Helping someone who is struggling to cope with everyday life because of their mental health is a privilege, just a few hours each week has a massive impact."

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