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Can You Help?

17 September 2015

Local charity looking for U's supporters' assistance.

The beautiful game is enjoyed by millions of people every day. Nothing beats the atmosphere, the sights, sounds and excitement of match day and that winning goal hitting the net.
Can You Help?

Here, Rob Taylor from The Befriending Scheme tells us more.

The Befriending Scheme is looking for U's supporters to become volunteers with their great work and to open the world of live football to people from around the local area.

At Saturday's game against Gillingham, we will be welcoming a charity that the club has just begun to work with to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
 
For someone with a learning disability like Autism or Asperger's, the above may also be true, but with added feelings of anxiety, fear and exclusion.

A big crowd may be too much for them to brave alone, or perhaps the extra noise prevents them from watching the game live or enjoying other social activities without support.
 
The Befriending Scheme is teaming up with Autism Anglia to recruit and train volunteer befrienders for young people with Autism and Asperger's in North East Essex. 
 
Befriending is a great way to volunteer just by doing things that most of us might take for granted.

By befriending someone with Autism; this could mean going to the match together, meeting for a coffee or pint, or a shopping trip; could make the world of difference to someone who is unable to do this alone.
 
If you are patient, a good listener, reliable and have time to commit to regular visits we'd love to hear from you. 

We carefully match volunteers and young people and support you all the way to build lasting friendships that can change lives. We also pay reasonable out of pocket volunteer expenses.

No prior experience is needed, although knowledge of autism and/or Asperger's Syndrome can be an advantage. Just three hours a month could make a huge difference to a young person in your area.

The Befriending Scheme is based in Sudbury and works with vulnerable people aged 16+ who have learning disabilities, mental health needs or be an older person by providing one-to-one befriending, learning opportunities and activities throughout Suffolk.
 
Want to join our team or find out more? Contact us on 01787 371333 or via autism.links@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk.
 
Together we can show loneliness and isolation a red card!

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