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A joy to connect with others
31st July 2020
Michael became a Blether Buddy after a friend said his chatty nature was perfect for the role with ScotsCare. Though he initially thought he’d be nervous, this quickly passed, as he acknowledged that he genuinely liked to chat, listen and interact with others. The busy hustle and bustle of London can often make it a lonely city for some; Michael hoped by becoming a befriender, he could help reduce such loneliness and connect with others.
Volunteering as a buddy is not just a one-way street, Michael says
“I’ve found an interesting perspective on life. I have learned to sit and listen. I wasn’t as patient and joyful before. By taking the time out to connect with another person, I’ve understood that people may be quiet but does not mean have nothing to say. The experience has offered me a lot to learn from others.”
It has given Michael a chance to connect with someone outside of his normal social circle. Identifying the positive impacts, not just on himself, but also his befriendee, he has witnessed a boost in confidence and self-esteem over a period of time. Both he and his befriendee are slowly working towards meeting outside, which might feel small to some, but is a big leap forward for his befriendee. Michael adds
“My Befriendee is Scottish and is older than me who has a wealth of life experience to share and a great Scottish sense of humour! We laugh a lot which is brilliant!”
To anyone interested in becoming a Befriender and meeting someone new, Michael suggests
“Go for it! It’s an easy, very meaningful way to help someone and is immensely rewarding and fun!”
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