Lady called Doris who is 94 years old living in Bury St Edmunds. She’s been visited by a Befriender for over 2 years.
Why did you access our service? – My legs were getting worse and my mobility was poor, didn’t look forward to winter. I was depressed, didn’t see anyone from one day to the next.
What impact on your life has the befriending service made? – It has given me something to look forward to, my Befriender has a similar personality, we were both lonely children. I’m always interested in my Befrienders life, how she progresses and I thank her for sharing it with me. If I’m feeling unwell, Lauren will phone me the next day to see if I’m OK, it makes all the difference to know someone cares.
The service Is ‘the best thing going’ and ‘I just wished it had happened sooner’
Joyce who is 93 yrs old, living in Bury St Edmunds. She’s been visited for over 2 years.
Why did you access our service? – I lost my husband, I felt lonely now that I’m living on my own.
What impact on your life has the befriending service made? – It is wonderful, I love Linda’s company and look forward to her visits each week. Linda understands, I can talk to her freely, we have a lot in common, we are both country girls and love the countryside.
We carried out a client survey last year and below are a few comments taken from the responses:
- ‘She makes my day, she makes me laugh and we have a good talk’
- ‘Makes me feel special, has made my life better’
- ‘My Befriender is lovely, easy to talk to and very helpful’
- ‘I feel less alone and more cheerful.’
- ‘Helps to relieve my worries.’