One of our volunteers Joanne wrote a brilliant article for the magazine Marie Claire which appeared on line recently – read the article >

Many thanks to Joanne for putting your thoughts out there – I am sure that they resonate with many of us and reflect our own experiences!

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In December, a large number of clients and volunteers gathered at the Bridge for a lovely Christmas Afternoon Tea event. It was a particularly special event because we have never organised anything like this before. We managed to fundraise enough money to hire a minibus for the afternoon so were  able to offer transport to a number of our housebound clients so that they could join in this festive event.

A very special thank you to Maria, Brenda and Sam from Little Waitrose, Highbury Corner who all came along on their day off (!) to help us, bringing with them a load of festive mincepies and other donations and then getting well and truly stuck in by helping Paulette and Winn make the sandwiches and with serving the tea & cakes. Thank you guys, we couldn’t have done without you.  Kalim from cycling without age came along with his festive rickshaw – some clients were even brave enough to give it a go and got whizzed around the block in it!  Tracey and Amanda from the Amity Project  put on an incredible entertainment and we all joined in with the singing and dancing along to golden oldies. It really was a brilliant afternoon and it meant a lot to the clients who came along.

A huge thanks to Rose, Iris and Winn for organising the raffle – which raised a further £42 for our funds. Volunteer Christina helped by escorting the clients on the minibus – thanks Christina.  Many thanks also to all our volunteers who supported us, brought cakes etc and chatted to the clients and joined in with the singing! With special thanks to Laura for organising the event and to volunteers Paulette, Winn, Julie, Anthony, Hannah, Ellen, Jamie, Raffaela, Anna Lisa, Faye, Andrew, Pamela and David who all went that extra mile to ensure that everyone had a truly wonderful time.

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CelebrationsVOLUNTEERS, TRUSTEES and SUPPORTS joined together for a social event in September at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker in September to meet Laura and Ed and to celebrate our recent achievements.



We are delighted to confirm that following consultation between Committee members and Volunteers at the Special General Meeting held in July and the subsequent agreement of FCV Trustees, Dorcas Befriending Project has now formally merged into Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers.  A division has been created within FCV called FCV Dorcas Befriending Project which will manage the combined befriending relationships of our respective organisations and, in addition, will have the remit to continue to develop this service. We believe that this will give our clients & volunteers a more secure and sustainable service.

Our two organisations have always had a close relationship and we are excited about this merger as we believe that this will strengthen our position to move forward with the development of befriending services for elderly and disabled adults.  FCV Dorcas Befriending Project is currently running more than 70 befriending relationships across two thirds of the borough in South and Central Islington (broadly within N1 and EC1 postcode areas).

Two of the DBP Committee members, Pamela Welson and Lauren Songour will be joining the FCV Board of Trustees (although other committee members may also join in the future). We would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution of the DBP Committee– Amy, Anthony, Lauren, Pamela, Sarah, Sandra and Winn – and to thank all of them for all their work over these past years which has successfully brought DBP to this stage.

Project Co-ordinator

We are delighted to introduce our new Project Co-ordinator, Laura Roberts, working two days a week on a six month contract. Laura has a degree in Fine Art, has worked in Cambodia for a Women’s Development Agency and for a start-up charity in West London. She is currently studying for a part-time Masters in Social Anthropology at SOAS.

We have also hired Ed Bartram to work for two mornings a week for three months from mid-September. He runs the Manor Gardens befriending service in North London, called the Friendship Network. We believe his experience will be very helpful in establishing Laura in her new role.

Laura and Ed will be based at the Bridge Centre. Welcome Laura and Ed!

MAY 2015
Sad farewell

Hervé, who worked as our Project Co-ordinator for many years, recently came to the end of his contract with us and has now left the Dorcas Befriending Project to move on to new adventures and spend more time with his family.   We were very sad to see him go and wish him and his family well for the future. His contribution to the success of DBP over many years has been enormous and we are truly grateful to him.  Cheers Herve and good luck for the future!

DBP_HN leaving do_0104[6]Volunteers and supporters gathered to say goodbye to Herve and wish him well for the future.

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