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Volunteers needed for Haverhill befiending scheme

Elaine Hewes (left) at a drop in session ANL-150402-102642001
Elaine Hewes (left) at a drop in session ANL-150402-102642001

A befriending scheme for vulnerable adults in Haverhill is looking for volunteers to assist with their work.

The Befriending Scheme is a charity with several groups in Suffolk that provides help for vulnerable adults in the form of arts and craft sessions, support or just friendly conversation.

The group is looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours a week at their Friday Haverhill Hub sessions which run from 10am to 2pm at the Chalkstone Community Centre in Strasbourg Square.

Elaine Hewes, who has been coordinating the group since December 2014.

She said: “We’re looking for volunteers to come along and help at the Hub.

“It’s a drop in for vulnerable adults. Some of them have mental health issues. It helps them to be part of a group and to have people to talk to and to take part in activity sessions.

“If volunteers have special skills like sewing or knitting or drawing, we can work that in.

“We have more than 30 members and they just need someone to talk to. Anybody can come and be a volunteer as long as they’re over 16 years old.”

Haverhill councillor, Anne Gower, visited the drop in session last Friday (January 30).

“Elaine really does do sterling work,” said Cllr Gower. “The work she does with the group and the activities she puts on seem to be making a positive difference.

“But more volunteers are needed for the Friday groups.

“They need more volunteers to come and help with activities or to support members of the group.

“Some of the people who help out in the group have support needs themselves, it’s a great way for people to help each other.

“The more people volunteer, the merrier. It would be a wonderful thing for people to do if they had a few hours to spare.

“It’s so rewarding, and they’re doing a great job. We’ve got some fantastic people in this town.”

Anyone interested in volunteering or in making use of the group’s services, can contact Elaine Hewes on 07757 082310 for more information.

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