Sandra has been volunteering as a Befriender with Home Link Family Support for four years. After being helped herself by another voluntary organisation, she decided she would like to give something back. She came into contact with Home Link Family Support at a local volunteer fair. She had looked at various stands from different voluntary organisations but nothing had really appealed. She got talking to one of the workers from Home Link Family Support who was at the fair and they got chatting about the organisation and what befriending involved. Sandra decided this would be something she might enjoy. She had brought up her own family, her grandchildren were now teenagers and she felt she could pass on some of this experience.
Sandra has befriended four families over the four years she has been with Home Link Family Support. She currently befriends a family with three children and usually takes the family on outings such as to the beach or country park. As the mum is a single parent, she finds taking three young children out extremely difficult, so Sandra's help is very much appreciated.
As well as spending time with the family, Sandra really enjoys the social side of being a Home Link Family Support Befriender. She always attends the training events that are run throughout the year and has made good friends with some of the other Befrienders.