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									Buddy Scheme
Autumn 2005

Hello from James! I recently started with the Buddy Scheme in July, working on Volunteer Resources such as this newsletter. I will be designing this quarterly newsletter from now on. If anyone wants to send in any interesting stories, leisure ideas or photographs, this would be much appreciated. I look forward to reading your contributions. QUESTIONNAIRE Enclosed with this newsletter is a questionnaire about your experiences with and opinions of the Buddy Scheme. What is in the questionnaire? It asks questions about your experiences, things we do well and what we could improve on. What is it for and why is it important? As a project we are currently looking to develop to ensure volunteers and service-users get the most out of the scheme, and you are best-placed to help us do that. Please complete the enclosed questionnaire and return it in the envelope provided.

Also in this issue; -Leisure Ideas -Training Opportunity -Recommended Read -And More A big welcome to Maggie and Heather who have recently started volunteering with the Buddy Scheme.

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Latest News
There are currently 21 volunteers matched with service users. We are always looking for new volunteers, so if you’ve enjoyed volunteering with the project please recommend us!!

Expenses: Please make sure that you keep all your receipts for your expenses and complete the expenses form clearly. Unfortunately we cannot reimburse expenses where no receipt is provided. Please also only pay for your expenses (our funding does not cover service-user expenses). Contact Record Form: It is important that you record each visit you make. We have to keep a record of volunteer activity for our funders. More forms are included with this newsletter. Both forms can also be downloaded from our website: www.kvc.org.uk/buddyscheme

Give a Billion Minutes—Make Your Time Count Give a Billion Minutes is a campaign from Year of the Volunteer. The aim is to raise a billion minutes of volunteered time for good causes by the end of 2005. Log on and register the amount of time you have volunteered at: http://www.yearofthevolunteer.org

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BEFRIENDING QUESTION AND ANSWER
My befriender is a vulnerable adult with mental health problems living on their own and I am their only visitor each week. We have been seeing each other now for 18 months. The more I have got to know my befriendee, the more he has asked me for help with other issues e.g. where he can get a new fridge (for free). Helping him out with these queries is becoming very time consuming. Although it is relatively straightforward following my project’s boundaries and guidelines, I am finding it more and more difficult to keep referring back to the project with social support issues that aren’t befriending-related. I am the face he sees each week and he has become suspicious of the project worker who he thinks is a spy for social services. Can you help? It is quite common for a lot of befriending relationships once they become established to feel as if they’re independent of their project. In many ways, this is a sign that your befriending relationship is working and that it has had considerable success: it’s fantastic to think that a formerly isolated person has been able to build up the trust and confidence to want to make plans for his future. However, it’s important to remember that your relationship is tied to a project and is tied to its policies and guidelines. It’s also important to remember that your project worker will have considerable experience supervising befriending relationships, could well have worked with clients with mental health problems for a while and will almost definitely have a list of organisations that can offer your client extra help with things like kitchen appliances. Although your befriendee’s questions might sound everyday, you obviously feel uncomfortable and it’s important that the project still has a link with your befriendee. This will help to reduce their dependence on you and will help the project positively tackle the fact that he views them with suspicion.

From ‘The befriender’ - Issue 5. The befriender is a quarterly newsletter about befriending. Please let Chris know if you would like a copy.

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Volunteers Needed
Kingston Volunteer Centre-Incident Support Team The Incident Support Team is different from most volunteer activities in that we need a fairly low level of regular involvement from volunteers (a couple of hours every 2-3 months), and the probability of an incident occurring is low — but if one happens then it will need a quick and possibly extended attendance. We all hope that a major incident (e.g. flooding, terrorist attack, plane crash etc) does not occur in the Kingston area, but if one does then Kingston Volunteer Centre have agreed to provide additional support to the Royal Borough of Kingston council. We are recruiting volunteers to be part of the Incident Support Team who can help at short notice at any time (but hopefully, very, very occasionally), be flexible and fit in where needed. Likely roles are: • Practical support such as escorting people to a designated Rest Centre. • Administrative support in Rest Centres. • Helpline support to receive calls and provide basic advice and information. • Shiftleaders to help run any of the above tasks. If your interested then let Chris know. Learning Disabilities www.askmencap.info For information about Learning Disabilities. The website includes a large number of informative fact sheets, including ‘Attitudes to people with a learning disability’, ‘communication and people with a learning disability’, ‘person centred planning’ and many more.
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Recommended Read
Understanding, Us Volume II
This is a truly touching book. Mencap hold a photography competition each year called Snap! Inviting entries of photographs by and of people with a learning disability. This book is a collection of the best entries from the 2004 and 2005 competitions. The introduction to the book reads: “The idea behind Snap! Is to ask people with a learning disability to tell a story about their lives, using photographs and words… …this book is both a celebration and a revelation. It celebrates the achievements of people with a learning disability. And it reveals something of the reality of the lives and everyday experiences of people with a learning disability, and those who know them – in their own words and pictures.” Entry forms for the Snap! Competition 2006 will be available from January (from the Mencap website www.mencap.org.uk). Entries are welcome from people with a learning disability, either photographs they are in or have taken themselves. Remember: If you would like to take photographs with your buddy you can claim back the film and processing costs with your volunteer expenses. Please let Chris know if you would like to borrow this book or any other from our library. A full list of all books and other materials is available on our website. Two of the photographs from ‘Understanding Us’.

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Leisure Ideas
The Wetland Centre 105 acres of inspiring wetland landscape in Barnes SW3. Over 140 wild bird species, 300 butterflies and moths, insects and amphibians. There is an observatory, a film introducing the conservation work done by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Pond Zone which is a must for the kids and much more. You'll find it at Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW3 9WT Phone: 020 8409 4400 Website: www.wwt.org.uk Community Fireworks Display Kingston’s annual spectacular community fireworks display. Date: Friday 4th November Location: Kingsmeadow Athletics Ground, Kingston Cost £5 Contact: 020 8547 5016 Kingston Town Centre Christmas Lights Switch On Kingston Town Centre provides free Christmas entertainment with choirs, hot chestnuts, Christmas street entertainment with Father Christmas switching on Kingston Town Centre Christmas Lights. Date: Thursday 17th November Location: Kingston Town Centre Cost: free Contact: 020 8547 5016
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Leisure Ideas

New Malden Christmas Lights On An evening of festive fun with the Christmas lights switch on in New Malden. Date: Friday 18th November Location: New Malden High Street Cost: free Contact; 020 8547 5016

Christmas Merrie Day Free and fun family Christmas activities providing light relief from all the Christmas hustles and bustles for a day in December at Eden Walk Shopping Centre. Date: Sunday 11th December Location: Kingston Town Centre – Eden Walk shopping centre Cost: free Contact: 020 8547 5016

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Training Opportunity
An Introduction to Person Centred Planning
Would you like to find out: … what is meant by “person centred planning”? … what Kingston is doing to make person centred planning happen? … How person centred planning is already changing people’s lives? The Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator for Kingston is running an awareness session on Thursday 1st December. The session will run from 9.45am to 2.45pm (drinks and lunch are provided). Please let Chris know if you would like more details or to book a place.

Buddy Scheme
Buddy Scheme Co-ordinator: Chris Guinness Newsletter Produced by James Yule
Kingston Volunteer Centre Siddeley House 50 Canbury Park Road Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 6LX Telephone: 020 8255 8068 Email: buddyscheme@kvc.org.uk

www.kvc.org.uk/buddyscheme
Registered Charity No. 1086779

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