I decided to become an Older Friend because I wanted to give something back and I thought the Friendship Project sounded like a very worthwhile charity.

I was matched with a younger friend (a twelve year old called Jim, who has learning disabilities) and I have been taking him out for trips at weekends for four years now. We go swimming, to football matches, cycling, we play tennis and badminton, visit the cinema and go ice-skating to name just a few! Some of the most enjoyable activities for both of us have been the more simple ones: picking blackberries, finding conkers and flying a kite. Jim is always very enthusiastic and enjoys whatever we do.

It has been so rewarding to introduce him to new sports and places and I have seen him grow in confidence over the years. I have never regretted getting involved with the charity and I hope to continue my friendship with Jim for as long as he wants!