Befriending is all in the family for Irene and Nicola

Local Volunteering and Befriending opportunities are available with LEAP and as this story points out, it can be very rewarding for all involved.

For Irene and Nicola, befriending has turned into a lot more than a weekly call or visit – for both, it has extended their families.

Nicola has been phoning and (latterly) visiting Irene for almost two years now and, after quickly hitting it off, both feel they have gained a mother and daughter.

Volunteer Nicola tells us “My mum lives in France so I never got to see her for a long time due to COVID, and I think that was one of the reasons Irene became like another mother to me.

I’m so grateful for that, and it is just one of the rewards I get out of befriending. I have always volunteered, be it through my children’s schools or LEAP, and I don’t see me stopping any time soon as I get so much out of it. I would heartily recommend becoming a befriender.”

Irene added: “I’m always glad to see Nicola – she really makes my day. And she has been a real help to me setting up my iPad as she’s taken the time to show me how to work it and we’ll sit and look through new photographs and emails or new things for the house.”

Now, both Irene and Nicola are looking forward to the end of COVID restrictions and possibly the chance to get out together somewhere.

“That would be nice,” Irene told us, “ as I would love to get out again once it is safe to do so.”

If you want to find out more about befriending with LEAP, visit, call 0141 641 5169 for a chat or email

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