We operate a scheme with Castle Rushen High School 6th Form, which arranges for 6th Form students, in pairs, to visit with the elderly each week. The students undertake a training course run by Southern Befrienders, as well as all the usual police checks.
The scheme is an integral part of our work – with up to 50 6th Form students visiting the elderly in the south of the island.
Both the young and the elderly benefit, as both are able to gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing each other’s generation. It especially teaches the students empathy for what challenges are facing the older generation, as well as inspiring them to continue to volunteer in the future.
Many of our past students have left the island and have actively sought out volunteering opportunities with similar organisations in the UK.
A highlight of this work is our Annual Easter Gathering of the students and the elderly at Castle Rushen High School. The school and students host this event which includes some form of entertainment as well as afternoon tea. Both look forward to this and you can see some of the smiles on faces in our Photo Galleries.