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?
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.