A Volunteer Older Friend from Stratford writes

I decided to become an Older Friend after seeing an advert in the local paper. My own son was going off to university and as I like children so much I thought it would be a great opportunity to give something back to others. It’s really easy to put your hand in...

An Older Friend from Nuneaton writes

As this was my first attempt as an Older Friend it was with some trepidation that I agreed to befriend not one, but two children. Not lucky enough to be a granny, it is twenty years plus since I have had young children in my care, so I am not up to date with the...

North Warwickshire Case Study

A local infant school identified a child who needed our involvement. The family had previously been supported by Homestart following the parent’s divorce and separation. Mum had custody of four children and was struggling to give each the attention they needed. She...

A Leamington Older Friend’s story

An example of what the project can achieve is my own experience of being an Older Friend, I decided to apply to the Friendship Project some seven years ago to work as an Older Friend with a child. This child up to now had lived the most awful life, she did not know...

My Journey with Kerry – An Older Friend’s perspective

I was first made aware of the Friendship Project in December 2008 when I attended a fund raiser at Exhall Church, it was a tribute to Neil Diamond! Please don’t hold that against me! I had recently been divorced, my children had left home and both my parents had...

Older Friend, Terry’s story

I met my younger friend, Daniel, one month after he had received a bicycle (which he had not yet ridden) for his sixth birthday. He had no confidence, not even the power to push the pedals and he lacked social skills as his mother was concerned about his safety and...