Jackie and Helen
Jackie and Helen have been friends for a few years now, and didn't meet in the usual way through Building Circles where the volunteer coordinator matches suitable people up and the friendship grows from there. Jackie and Helen happened to be sitting together at one of Building Circles events. This social was a dance and Jackie asked Helen if she would like to get up on the dance floor, Helen said yes, and that was the beginning of a really great friendship.
Helen and Jackie have been out and about a good deal. They have visited Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Docks, Christmas Markets, Crazy Golf, The Forest of Dean and the Dean Heritage Centre to mention just a few of their outings! Helen and Jackie always stop for coffee and cake as a 'pit stop' on the way and find somewhere for a nice lunch too, some old favourites and also trying new places en route.
Jackie has a friend called Brenda, who thought she might enjoy volunteering for Circles too. It wasn't long before Brenda was matched with Jennie. Although both sets of friends have their individual trips out, they get together once or twice a year depending on what's on but always go to Weston Super Mare for the day in the summer, and enjoy have a Christmas lunch as a foursome.
The friendship between Helen and Jackie was made organically just by turning up at one of our social events, and has now grown to make a difference to the lives of 4 people, Helen, Jackie, Brenda and Jennie. Due to Building Circles befriending service, the 4 friends have all done things and gone to places they may never would have had it not been for the off chance friendship struck up at one of Circles social events. These lovely people may never have met, and these firm friendships not made had it not been for Building Circles - and a catchy piece of music!!
Change someone's life - and enrich your own!
Anne & Diana
I first heard about Building Circles at a Coffee Morning in Quedgeley in early 2016 and was impressed by the charity so I enquired about volunteering. I explained that I could not commit to regular dates as I often go away for 4/5 weeks at a time but Amy advised that it would be no problem as long as any 'Circles Friend' was made aware. My training day took place in April and in May 2016 Amy introduced me to Diana who lives in a Care Home close to my home. We hit it off straight away and 2 days later I took Diana out for a coffee and chat.
Diana now uses a wheelchair when going out so we mainly visit local Charity Shops (Diana's favourite places), local shops, the library and sometimes go up to Amy's Care to Grow Allotment. Subway opposite Diana's home is her favourite place for a drink and snack. We have a laugh and a joke together, Diana has a good sense of humour and often we can be heard having a sing song as we walk along.
When I go away I send her letter/postcards to let her know what I'm up to and when I'll be coming home. I usually take her out every couple of weeks when home and often just pop in for a quick visit to say hello when passing. I am also getting to know other residents some of whom attend Circles Events, recently the Barn Dance, Easter Disco and Summer Fun Day. I also help at the Quedgeley Cookery Workshops and recently went along with Diana to some of the Art Workshops and Summer Fun Day.
I feel the Building Circles Motto 'Change someone's life and enrich your own ' says it all!
Diana says she likes Anne very much and is glad she is my friend. She is my best friend and I love her. We laugh and sing together. I enjoy going out to all the places we go to and I like to buy toys in charity shops. Recently I really enjoyed going to the Art Group and doing painting also the Chair Aerobics at the Summer Fun Day was good and I liked winning my medals for taking part.