1 June 2018
Quarriers North Lanarkshire Supported Living Initiative supports adults affected by a range of disabilities.
Hayley Anderson has been a Volunteer Befriender at the service for over five years.
I currently work full-time in a betting shop as a duty manager, and I wanted to volunteer because I wanted to help people, says Hayley. I wanted to do something important.
I am a befriender for Kevin. He does a lot for himself but I still feel special being part of his life. On the days I volunteer, I support Kevin to his weekly art class. Every week is different. Sometimes Kevin can do his own thing; he likes to have me draw different vehicles as he loves cars then he will colour them in. Other times he is given specific tasks by the teacher. Kevin particularly likes to sketch pictures in Styrofoam.
We often go to St Pat’s for lunch which Kevin enjoys as everyone knows him there and he gets a nice warm welcome. And he loves the soup there.
I often take Kevin bowling, which he really enjoys. I enjoy it because I have been able to see Kevin develop his game. At first, he always used the frame and just pushed the ball but I’ve taught him to bowl without using the frame, and I’m very proud of him. I get a high-five every time he hits a pin!
I have gained other benefits through volunteering with Quarriers. The training you get can be very interesting and is certainly transferable to other aspects of your life. For example, I have completed an emergency first aid course which can certainly be used outwith volunteering.
I would encourage other people to volunteer, as it feels good to help people. I feel a sense of fulfilment from volunteering with Kevin, and I feel like he enjoys my company as much as I enjoy his.
Paula Haggerty, Project Worker, said Hayley is a consistent presence in Kevin’s life, as she has been supporting him in his activities for around five years. She supports him to attend his art classes and take part in other activities Kevin enjoys. They know one another’s boundaries and thoroughly enjoy their days out”.