Five minutes with home befriender, Karen

Karen standing in front of a stone wall overlooking countryside

What does your role as a befriender involve?

As a home befriender I go to the persons home to provide some regular company and a chat over many cups of tea.

Why did you choose to become a befriender?

I think there are a lot of people who for whatever reason are lonely or isolated and it’s important to support these people by offering a friendly chat on a regular basis.

Why Deafblind UK?

I was thinking of volunteering a few hours a week and saw an advert on Facebook that attracted me.

What’s the best thing about volunteering for Deafblind UK?

It’s good to know that you are making a small difference to someone just by simply talking.

What’s the worst thing about it?

I haven’t come across that yet I’m pleased to say although maybe if you didn’t get along with that person it would not be beneficial however that situation would soon be rectified.

What makes your happy?

Being in nature, seeing the seasons change, walking on the beach, seeing birds and wild animals and reading a good book

What annoys you?

Cruelty to people and animals, lack of manners

What do you want for Christmas?

For more people to donate to a charity instead of buying and receiving unwanted presents

Which three famous people would you invite to a dinner party?

David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Professor Brian Cox

Sum yourself up in three words

Full of beans!


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