In the spirit of the festive season, many people reflect upon their life over the course of the past year and choose to give the gift of their time, dedicating it to those who are less fortunate.
If you are able to find an hour during the hustle and bustle this festive season, we want to ask you to consider giving an hour of your time. Volunteering with Cyril Flint Befrienders can make a huge difference to an older person’s life, particularly if they have no immediate family or friends to spend time with.
Our aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness, not only because it is so sad to think of older people feeling this way, but because of the mental and physical impact loneliness can have on people; research has found that loneliness and isolation can be as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older people who access our service not only report feeling less lonely, they also tell us that having a befriender has helped improve their self-esteem and makes them feel good.
You could choose to visit and befriend an older person in their home; take them out to their local shops or even become a telephone befriender. Alternatively you may want to dedicate your time to helping out in our office or fundraising for us.
There are many ways to truly make a difference!
For further details contact us today on 0161 942 9465 to find out how to gift an hour of your time.