Hannah Kara

I am a befriender with Connection Support, I take my ‘friend’ out for a coffee each week and we talk about different things and catch up about our week. I wanted to volunteer because I wanted to give something back to the community but also to be able to help people. Though I already had … Read more

Paul

I am a ‘befriender’, I visit someone for about an hour each week. I go for walks and chat about anything and everything. I will also be helping him renew his driving license and look to open a bank account for him. I encourage him to keep his personal hygiene up to a good standard … Read more

Brian Pic

Tell us about your volunteering role, and how long you have been volunteering with Connection Support? At present I am supporting six clients in Buckinghamshire as a befriender. Two I speak to for about an hour fortnightly, the other four I visit, either fortnightly or weekly, spending about an hour with them each time. Apart … Read more

Niran

Tell us about the time you were volunteering with Connection Support. What was your role and how long were you volunteering with us? I started as a volunteer on 1st January 2017 as an Arabic interpreter, supporting the refugee resettlement service in Oxfordshire. I was usually shadowing a support worker, and I attended appointments to … Read more

Dear Home Secretary, Homeless Oxfordshire, Aspire Oxfordshire, and Connection Support refute your recent comments regarding homelessness, are saddened by your ill-informed choice of language that perpetuates stigma and misunderstanding, and urge you to reconsider your proposal to criminalise the use of tents by people who are rough sleeping. We agree that compassion is the most … Read more

Emily

What was your volunteering role with Connection Support? I started volunteering with the Violence Reduction Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in July 2022.  My role was to support people admitted to the Emergency Department, through addiction, overdose, self-harm, eating disorders and domestic abuse. I actively listened to patients’ stories with a non-judgemental approach, showing … Read more

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Nigel has been supporting Reda who arrived in the UK from Syria as part of Connection Support’s refugee resettlement service. Reda wanted to become a barber but did not have the experience, so Nigel was tasked to help him find work experience to help develop his skills and knowledge. Nigel supported Reda to approach barbers … Read more

Cs Nicola

Having had children herself, Nicola knew the struggles that parents can have – particularly if they have little to no support elsewhere. Nicola knew that, with her experience of working in a preschool and the knowledge she had from the various courses she’d done, she could offer some valuable support to parents in need. With … Read more

Cs Peter

After retiring from full-time work, Peter was looking for a volunteer role that would give him the opportunity to help others in his local community. In February 2021, Peter joined our Outreach Volunteer team in Oxfordshire, offering a few hours a week to locate, register and verify individuals sleeping rough. By going out in the … Read more

World Sleep Day (5)

With Men’s Health Week coming to an end, we asked one of our staff to share his experience of managing mental health.  I joined Connection Support just over 4 months ago as a Programme Manager working with other charities across Oxfordshire. We also work with all the Councils across Oxfordshire as part of a new … Read more

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Nigel found himself with some spare time on his hands since retiring, so when his daughter, a social worker, suggested he get in touch with Connection Support, he thought he’d give it a go. In the Spring of 2022, Nigel came onboard as a volunteer with Connection Support, helping specifically on the Refugee Resettlement Team. … Read more

World Sleep Day (4)

This Mental Health Awareness Week, one of our team shares their experience of having ADHD. Here’s what they said. In 2021, I was diagnosed with ADHD… And I was relieved. I don’t remember much about growing up, but apparently I was hard work. I was loud, I could never sit still, I was badly behaved … Read more