The Friendship Project is a Warwickshire-wide charity that matches children and young people (who are in need, for a variety of reasons) with volunteers, for friendship and fun. The child may be caring for a sick parent or be limited to where they can go on holiday because of a disabled sibling or other family member. For some children, even playing in the park or going to the cinema are a rare treat. Having some time out from often difficult home situations really does improve the child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Our volunteers report that they too enjoy spending time with their Younger Friend knowing that they are really making a difference to a child’s life.
We recruit and manage volunteers to be ‘Older Friends’ to take out a ‘Younger Friend’ for 2 – 3 hours once a week. Our volunteers must live in or near Warwickshire, enjoy being with and relating to children, be over 18 years old and a car owner. Transparency and safety for the children is paramount to the way we work at the Friendship Project. Our volunteers need to be able to supply character references and allow us to make various checks on their suitability (including an Enhanced DBS check).
We always have more children needing Friends than we have volunteers – so we need your help!