A group of elderly women walking in Surrey Heath.

Befriending Stories

Peter (Befriender)

“For me, befriending is an enjoyable, worthwhile and rewarding activity. When meeting with, or speaking to, my Befriendee, we have pleasant conversations, and can share common interests, it’s also an opportunity for me to hear her concerns and perhaps offer some support. Over time, we’ve become good friends, and look forward to our meetings.

Befriending has also offered me the opportunity to occasionally give assistance with basic IT skills, and in the near future may extend to helping new users of iPads.”

Sheila (Befriender)

I have always enjoyed the company of older people. In fact my husband of 40 years was 19 years older than me! I have done several voluntary jobs including working in the old WRVS shop in Frimley Park Hospital, delivering Meals on Wheels in the Frimely Green, Deepcut and Mytchett area. I also transported Mental Health Patients to and from Day Centres, Clinics and Appointments. For many years I was a member of High Cross Church. During that time I became a Pastoral Visitor. In my first group several of my families I visited were older than me and it was a joy to listen to their experiences. I am still in touch with one lady now. I now enjoy being part of S.H.A.C. along with my “4 legged friend” Izzy who enjoys visiting to!

“I am so lucky to have L, she’s a great friend.”
“He’s a real gent. H and I always have something to chat about.”
“Without J, I’d be quite lonely. She’s a good friend I can’t wait to see her again.”
“P is a real tonic, he is a good friend”

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