Holly and Carole's story
Holly volunteers with the Royal Voluntary Service as a telephone befriender. She calls Carole, who's in her 70s, every week for little bit of company and friendly chat. Holly is now in university but continues to call Carole every week to let her know how she's getting on and hear more about Carole's life.
"I've found I've learned a lot talking to someone of a different generation - I've learnt a lot about her life and it's so interesting hearing about how she grew up. I think she's found it interesting listening to a more modern perspective of things. I tell her about iPads and she's amazed!Holly, Royal Voluntary Service volunteer
"I think it's a great thing for younger people to volunteer because it's only a short period of time and anyone can ring for 20-30 minutes, just to make that difference in someone else's life. I really enjoy it."
"She rings me at the same time each week and says "Holly here!" in a nice, youthful voice and it cheers me up. It's nice to have that certainty of somebody ringing up. I get information from Holly!"Carole, who uses the Royal Voluntary Service befriending service
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