Hannah Kara

Hannah’s story – “I have loved every minute of it and it’s nice to know that I am having a positive impact on that person’s life”

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 certain skills, I feel that they have improved as a result of volunteering, such as communication and empathy. I feel I have also become more kinder, more understanding and my listening skills have improved.

I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone thinking about it. The process isn’t daunting, it’s straightforward and there is choice in what capacity you would like to volunteer. I volunteered as a befriender and with that role, I was able to choose who I would like to be a ‘friend’ to which I really liked.

The Volunteer and Peer Mentor Coordinator has been great to work with, has answered questions and supported with the initial meet.

The actual volunteering part is really nice, I have loved every minute of it and it’s nice to know that I am having a positive impact on that person’s life too.

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