Betty Steele and David Richardson are stalwarts of BEA’s Friendship group, since 2009 and 2010 respectively. Betty used to be group leader, and David still calls the bingo at the end of every session, as he has done for many years. Both got involved as a way of helping them deal with bereavement. Betty and David both also deliver BEA’s newsletter to members, and David also volunteers every two weeks at the drop-in.
Betty’s husband died in 1996, after which she ‘hardly spoke to anyone’. She felt ‘There has to be more to life than this’ and joined the group after seeing an ad in the Pudsey Times. For Betty, the Friendship Group has been ‘a life saver’. ‘There is always someone I could talk to’.
‘Give it a try…
the support is there.’
David was really depressed after his wife died and ‘More or less gave up’. He joined the group three months later, the day after a neighbour told him about it. David has made a lot of friends through the group, and Betty says the group has grown over the years.
‘I’d recommend to anyone
that’s lonely to join’
Betty and David urge people to join if they are lonely. The group is now very much for anyone who would like to make friends, not just if you’ve been bereaved. As Betty says, ‘Give it a try…the support is there.’
If you would like to find out more about the Friendship group, or are interested in joining, please phone BEA on 0113 236 1644.