b'Meet Caroline:20 Years OfBefriending MemoriesI began volunteering for Praxis Care and became a Befriender with the Young Persons service nearly twenty years ago.Ive been matched with numerousLand which was a fairground that used young people over the years and reallyto be at The Kings Hall; it was pouring enjoy seeing them progress in theirwith rain the whole time, we went on lives. I am still in contact with some ofall the rides and were completely them: one of my young people has asoaked but all we could do was laugh. son and lives a full and happy life andMy young person won a 6ft plastic another is at university and worksbanana which ended up covered in part-time. Some of the young peoplemud and required its own seat on the are still supported by various servicestrain home! Great memories.but they are all moving forward withAfter all these years, I still feel like it is their lives and I believe they are in aone of the most worthwhile things I better place than they would havehave ever done but I have realised that been if they hadnt had befriendingI dont really mention it to people. 20 support when they were younger. years later, it is just part of what I do.I think having a befriender gives them an outlet, a listening ear and a chance to spend time with someone who wants to be with them, which can only make them feel valued.There have been a lot of laughs along the way. One event in particular still makes me laugh when I think about it. I took my young person to Thunder 53'