Nursing studies

How nursing students can benefit from volunteering

Alex Richardson’s befriending scheme for older people improved his leadership and communication skills

Alex Richardson’s befriending scheme for older people improved his leadership, communication and referral skills

When I started a befriending scheme at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had no idea how much the project would take off and how many older people would benefit from it.

What began as a weekly telephone service for a small group of older adults has become a county-wide initiative, involving 25 healthcare student volunteers and more than 300 older people in Kent.

Lockdown left many older people feeling lonely and isolated

The project was set up to help tackle the social isolation experienced by older people as


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