Volunteers at the Relative Experience Project celebrated completing the first training course – and are raring to go!
The volunteers will support grandparents and other family members in the Newcastle and North Tyneside area who have stepped in to raise a relative’s child – with ten of those who have been trained kinship carers themselves
As the course came to an end, the group shared their thoughts. “I have really enjoyed this training and feel better prepared and more relaxed about being a befriender,” said one. “I have found the training very good, interesting and helpful,” and “I enjoyed the shared views and the friendships that radiated the room,” were among other comments fed back to trainers Kim and Vicky.
“Not only were the evaluations extremely positive but volunteers expressed their sadness at the training coming to the end, as the group had bonded extremely well,” said Kim, who developed the training for the project. “The volunteers did reflect that although they were sad the core training was at an end they were excited and eager to start the befriending albeit slightly nervous too.”
We’ll be featuring the stories of some of our volunteers over the next few months as they share their experiences of putting training into practice. So watch this space!
Posted by Alison Blaxland