Matthew, Age UK befriender

“Time costs me nothing, but means the world to someone else.”

Describe your role – I provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis to someone I now consider a friend, to help combat loneliness in later life.

How often do you volunteer? – Once a week, occasionally twice.

How does volunteering make you feel? – Happy, helpful, inspired, grateful, positive and social.

Why did you choose this role? – To give something back to the community. Time costs me nothing but means the world to someone else.

Why would you recommend volunteering? – You have the opportunity to share in someone’s unique life and that is a gift. You can learn from that person, laugh and share stories, experiences and be inspired. Spend a few hours in the company of someone amazing – it is something you may want when you are older.

For more information on volunteering for Age UK, please see their website: Age UK Volunteering

Updated on July 30, 2019

Images courtesy of St Francis's Children Society, Age UK