Bury HUB Garden Fete - Wednesday 28th August - 11am to 1pm - Quaker Meeting House

Join us for our Garden Fete, at the Quaker Friends Meeting House, St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SJ between 11am and 1pm for fun and games to raise funds for The Befriending Scheme.

Activities will include Name the Teddy, Plants and Cake Stall, Garden Games, Guess the number of sweets in the jar, Scavenger Hunt, Live Music and a Raffle.


Call Annie on 07505 398245 for details

Opening Soon.... Friends Community Farm, Assington, near Sudbury

Our new Friends Community Farm (FCF ) in Assington will provide a safe outdoor environment with learning and friendship opportunities, including a Forest School programme. This new service will enable us to reach even more vulnerable adults,children and families, allowing us to provide valuable independent living skills education in a ‘family inclusive’ environment

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Successful grant funding from Children In Need...

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Children In Need to continuing running our 'Better Together' groups in Hadleigh.

We have been running our successful ‘Better Together group’ in Hadleigh for two years. The grant will enable us to carry on this wonderful work.

The group brings military and civilian families together in a twice weekly session in the local community providing play, social opportunities and the chance for military families to be integrated into their local community, build friendships and become less socially isolated.

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The Befriending Scheme supports vulnerable people by running HUB groups across the county. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to give some time to assist at the groups by befriending vulnerable people, running group activities, serving refreshments, helping set up for activities and clearing away at the end of a session. Our Sudbury Hub is popular, enjoys music and is a lively fun place to be.

It is important that our Hub volunteers are:-

Understanding and respectful of all who attend the HUB group

Mindful at all times of confidentiality for clients and other volunteers

Open to helping the Hub Area Co-Ordinator in running age appropriate activities

Encouraging, but respectful of a choice to refrain from taking part in activities

Patience in allowing sufficient time for clients with speech and language difficulties to verbally express themselves

Value our clients’ knowledge, experiences and opinions

Assist the Area Hub Co-Ordinator, when able, with fundraising/promotional events

Report any concerns to the Area Hub Co-Ordinator regarding clients/volunteers/other matters asap

Feel able to share ideas with the Area Hub Co-Ordinator for future activities/events

Attend the volunteer meetings, and give appropriate feedback to the AC

Attend training events/updates as and when able

Ensure the claiming of expenses is carried out on a regular monthly basis

Hub days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the groups run from 10am-3pm.

Please call 01787 371333 or e-mail info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk for a volunteer expression of interest form.

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