Helen is a Mum who found out about Friendship Works through social services.
“I was told about Friendship Works by my social worker who was working with us at the time as she suggested it would be good for Michael to have a mentor so he had someone just for him. I was happy with the referral to be made as felt it would be important for him to have someone to talk to that wasn’t part of the family and to give him time out from the family home. It gives me a break and allows me to spend quality time with my other son who is not matched with a mentor. I also notice a general improvement in behaviour when he comes home from his outings.
“When I met with the Friendship Works caseworker the process was straightforward and didn’t feel like it was too much. I understood it was necessary for them to get to know us really well in order to make a good match and think it’s great that the volunteers are screened as well.
“Our first meeting with Michael’s volunteer Katie was fine. She was very pleasant, bubbly and made me feel at ease. I felt comfortable with her taking Michael out on her own. Katie also keeps in regular contact so I know where I stand. Michael always looks forward to their outings and I’m pleased he is able to try new things, meet new people and have increased opportunities.”