So, what’s the latest FAF news on this cold but sunny morning? Well, we’re currently moving into the exciting second phase of our pilot study which means we’re looking for new volunteers and new diners! If you’d like to volunteer or if you know someone who could benefit from a visit (or even if you’d like to ask us any questions that aren’t covered in our FAQ section) please do get in touch – you can find our contact details by clicking on the link. At present, we are hoping to recruit ten more diners and ten more volunteers. It really doesn’t matter if you’re not a master chef – check out our Facebook page for easy recipes or simply pick up something from Mr Kipling on your way to visit your diner! We currently have a couple of kitchen’s registered with the council and are looking at the possibility of batch-cooking, too.
If you’re still undecided, check out our endorsements section. You’ll see what Vicky, one of our first volunteers, has to say about her experiences of visiting the diner Feed a Friend matched her with at the end of last year.
In addition to volunteers, we are also on the lookout for funding… In four weeks time, I am running the Reading half marathon with the aim of raising enough sponsorship to pay for those all-important DBS checks which all our volunteers must pass before making their first diner visits. I’m busy training at the moment and keep having to remind myself (mostly when getting out of bed at 6am to go for a training run in the cold!) that there are loads of local people who would love to be able to get outside a little bit more, and go for a walk or a run and a catch up with a friend – these are the people that Feed A Friend is aiming to make contact with. Some people can’t get out and about as much as they would perhaps like, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t share a regular cake and a chat with a friendly FAF volunteer!
Until next time,
Cath and Jos x