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Recently I have signed up to become a voluntary 1:1 telephone befriender for The Alzheimer's Society. I am going through the checks now and hope to start soon. It is something I've always wanted to do. I am fortunate to support people in my day job working for Barnardo's and I am sure I'll gain as much happiness from this as hopefully those I speak to will.

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That's really a great thing GTFC. You are clearly a caring, humane kind of individual who enjoys giving. And I'm sure that in return you'll be rewarded by the good feeling that helping others gives. 🙏

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Thank you so much.

springcross profile image

That's a lovely thing to do, good on you. I'm sure you'll be an asset. x

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I really hope so. Thank you.

Agoodenough profile image

Wow well done you. You will give so much of yourself and get so much back 🙂

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You really do and I know I'll get as much hope and joy as they will. Thank you.

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I'm sure the people you speak with will get a lot of pleasure from talking with you, wishing you luck x

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Thank you so much. Looking forward to it.


What a lovely thing to do, You are doing something that will be very rewarding as I'm sure the lovely people you speak to will gain so much from speaking with you and I'm sure you will gain as much in return. What a kind, caring person you are. Take care and stay safe Lynne 🌈🙏

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Really appreciate your words. Thank you.

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You are very welcome.

bobbybobb profile image

I think that is a really kind and compassionate way of helping and being of use to a vulnerable sector in our society. Well done. x

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Thank you so much. There is so much good in the world. I always believe in this.

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I believe this also. 👍

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I have the saying 'Assume Goodwill' which I carry in my mind everywhere.

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Well done. That is a very good thing to do. I am sure the people you speak to will be delighted and benefit greatly from your interaction. x

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Thank you very much Sheila.

Thank you Jerry.

Roukaya profile image

A very wonderful thing to do

To lighten up someone’s day to those most vulnerable

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Thank you so much. Really appreciate it.

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The importance of brightening someone’s day can never be underestimated

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In a way it's a bit selfish of me too because I love helping people or supporting them to feel better about themselves. Really appreciate your comments, thank you. There's so much good in this world.

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Good morning

I hope you are well

I think you have tapped into something I am hoping to do

I am trying to become a Wills and Probate lawyer purely as a result of caring for an elderly and vulnerable parent who suffered from dementia

I have periods of anxiety abs depression which can cloud my self belief but knowing what you want to do which can bring joy and happiness for others and yourself should make yourself feel fulfilled

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Thank you, we seem to share common values and your future career will be underpinned by helping others which is magical. I truly believe there is so much good in the world. I wish you well in your career. Have you heard of the 'Action for Happiness' monthly calendar? This is something I download and look at to help.

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Thank you for your tip

Action for Happiness

I wish you great success in your path of helping others

Stinkpot profile image

Is that the Dementia Friends Scheme? Looked on their website and didn’t see anything listed about being a telephone befriender.

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It is called a side by side telephone volunteer around the area local to me if that helps.

Sunfloweronline profile image

Hi GTFC a huge appreciation to you 😊 I’m a recent widow and am receiving grief support and help from a wonderful Trust

Widows Empowerment Trust

Without volunteers they would not be able to do the wonderful work they do. So well done, our days will be better post Covid19 thanks to people like you 😊💕🌈📿

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Gosh, that has really touched me. Thank you so much for being brave in replying and for taking the time to offer your support. I wish you the strength and courage moving forward and hope, always hope you will move through this time with all the care and support you need.

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Thanks for your reply- you’ll be getting finger lock replying to all of us 😊 My soulmate John and my creator are giving me the love and support of so many that my faith is abounding. I’m have joined 38DEGREES and am now becoming a force to be reckoned with- I’m a 70yrs young campaigner- I am wish for you light and happiness-shine your light 😊💕🌈📿

sunnyweek profile image

A lovely post to read, I wish you well with your new venture. Its so wonderful to be a help to people. I'm particularly interested in your work with Barnardos too. I've recently printed off the June happiness calendar and sent it to people who I know are struggling. I've been writing to people I know who are locked down alone.

My mother had dementia for 8 years and I can tell you to be able to speak with someone for support has a great benefit, and enables the carer to carry on for longer. Thank you for posting.

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Thank you so much. I didn't want it to come across as a 'look at me post' but a post about the excitement and joy of helping others too. I really appreciate your reply and the world is filled with people that offer goodness. Your writing will have given that person that day something to look forward and open and cherish.

At Barnardo's I support mainly children but also adults with their mental and emotional health which I'm privileged to do.

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I admire your Barnardos work, so lovely to help children.

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Thank you so much. It is really rewarding.

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That's a lovely thing to do and working for barnado's too

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Thank you so much.

TheDrivenSnow profile image

Volunteers have a generosity of spirit and a breathtaking selflessness that leaves me grateful, humbled and a little dazed.

I rely on the goodwill and kindness of hospice volunteers, and I have first-hand experience of their willingness to go the extra mile.

Your kindness won't be overlooked, nor will it be forgotten.

In gratitude, TDS ❄️

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I feel humbled by your reply. Thank you so much.

Mia898 profile image

The people you phone will love your chats :) People like that always love to chat :) Good for you doing something to help

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Really appreciate it. I'll enjoy it so much.

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It is the most rewarding thing you can do . I have the pleasure of caring for people everyday :)

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