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Colin has been a befriender with our Good Neighbours Scheme since 2015. He started volunteering to meet and chat with someone from a different generation.

How long have you volunteered with Age UK Camden?Colin Age UK Camden volunteer befriender
Since 2015.

What is the role and what does it involve?
We meet up for an hour each week in a cafe for a chat.

What made you want to start volunteering?
To help someone out. To meet and chat with someone from a different generation.

What do you do on a day to day basis?
I'm a primary school teacher. I've also volunteered with Samaritans.

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
Having interesting chats with a good friend.

How have you used the skills you’ve learned?
I guess conversational skills. I've learnt a lot about poetry, politics and history from my match.

What other benefits are there?
It's good to have a regular meet up to air what we both are feeling.

If you'd like to volunteer please call us on 020 7239 0400