Last Thursday (6th October), Kate Blackshaw – Holborn Community Association’s Befriending Scheme Organiser, ran a stall at University College London’s [UCL] Volunteers’ Fair, which was held between 12 noon and 3:30pm.
“Volunteering is embedded in UCL’s culture,” Kate said. “Even before the Fair, we had two volunteers from the UCL website.”
Two volunteers assisted Kate in manning the HCA stall, helping to provide information about the befriending scheme and talking to lots of students. Thirty-five students expressed an interest in the scheme.
“It was an extremely busy event, and well organised,” Kate said. “UCL has an entire department dedicated to volunteering,” she added.
“It was a lot of fun,” Kate continue, adding that she got to meet people from several other local organisations and service providers.
As for the befriending scheme, Kate revealed that six volunteers have already completed their training, and that there are another four who will also soon be trained.
She went on to talk about an initiative between St George’s Church and the local mosque, to work together to provide volunteers to work together in the community. St George’s already has six people who would like to become befrienders, who Kate will soon meet.
She is now accepting referrals of older, mainly housebound people to be matched with befriending volunteers.
For further details regarding the Befriending Scheme, please visit: email@example.com
Photo courtesy of UCL; report by Notes Smudger