Volunteering Volunteers' stories Read Sian's story Read Sian's story... Sian carries out a variety of volunteer roles at: The Bridge MPS - mentoring young people aged 8-25; The Zone - helping with the cooking for the homeless project and chatting to people that call into the Zone; Our Community Companions project - befriending older people on a one to one basis keeping them company, chatting and having a hot drink. Helping to elevate isolation and loneliness for older people. Visiting older people at home helps with their wellbeing. "I visited BAVO and met with Sharon who explained the range of volunteering available, how many hours, training that I would need to do to volunteer. The Volunteer Centre discussed a variety of volunteer opportunities and they referred my details to projects that were suitable, matching my skills, availability and interests. The Centre has always been available to offer support, guidance and help if I needed it. "Volunteering has given a purpose, added structure to my week - I have also met new people. Volunteering takes over a good chunk of my week which has proved very beneficial to me. As I volunteer with a few projects, I have attended training for each volunteer role, the training has given me a greater understanding. "I have been involved in befriending and mentoring – I feel my involvement with both projects and the individuals I support has made a real difference to their wellbeing and reduced their loneliness and isolation. "The volunteer mentoring with the young people has given me an insight into working with young people and their needs. Volunteering with Community Companions has allowed me to understand the needs of older people. "Volunteering has given me more confidence and I feel appreciated.