Volunteer friends needed
The call for volunteers to make friends with people with intellectual disabilities was answered by a stream of telephone calls as part of this year’s IHC Annual Appeal.
Staff were handling eight to 10 calls a day from people wanting to know about the organisation’s buddy scheme and other ways to help.
At the same time as asking people for financial support, IHC encouraged people to share their everyday activities with those who have a intellectual disability.
Funds raised in the February appeal will support its volunteer programme.
“IHC is looking to increase the number of volunteers from 600 to 3000 over the next five years – and this is a good start,” chief executive Ralph Jones says.
“Thank you, too, for your donations and for your messages of support. Some of the most moving letters have come from people who might not be in a position to support us financially, but wanted us to know that they were backing us all the way,” he says
Mr Jones says it is hard for many people with intellectual disabilities to make friends.
“But volunteers can make a big difference.”
For more information about volunteering with IHC call 0800-442-442.