I have been volunteering as a befriender with Hope City Foundation and I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to a lovely lady who lives in supported living environment. She lives alone, doesn’t have family and often feels lonely. We chat every week over the phone, talking about everything and anything. She has a wonderful sense of humour, and an hour turns quickly turns into 2! With lockdown measures easing recently, I’ve been able to see her and although we have only known each other for a few months, it has felt just like meeting a good friend. She has told me that the conversations have been good for her, it’s lifted her spirits and she feel like she has family. Being a part of the befriending team has been amazing, it’s shown me that kindness is not limited by location. Just a simple chat each week has brightened the day, brought a smile, and made a real difference, for both of us.

Gemma Lee