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Friends of the Family

Train to be a volunteer befriender this spring

“We need volunteers!” That’s the message from local charity,

who have just launched their latest campaign to recruit volunteer befrienders for the 5s to 13s Project.

The Project supports vulnerable children and families living across the Winchester district through the provision of a trained volunteer befriender who visits a family for a two hour period each week. Befrienders spend quality time with a focus child and undertake activities both inside the home and outdoors.

Friends of the Family will be running its next free training course over two days in April and local men and women, aged 23+, are encouraged to get in touch to find out more about this rewarding voluntary role.

5s to 13s Project Leader Sam Hunt said: “If you’d like to train to become a volunteer befriender and join likeminded people on our next training course then please get in touch. Just two hours a week of your time can make an incredible difference to a child and their family.”

To apply, or find out more, please email or call Lisa Travers, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01962 864466.

The Great British Fish and Chip Supper

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 20th May 2016 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

Just £50 could contribute towards the support from our Peer Support Service for one hour, in a district general hospital or Major Trauma Centre.

In 2016 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £12,000 from the suppers.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email or visit