We were delighted to have Pam Calder from John Lewis’ Community Matters Scheme visit the Lighthouse on Wednesday 11th March to present Amy Cordiner, BFriends coordinator, with a cheque for £1000 towards BFriends.
BFriends is a befriending scheme run by the Lighthouse for 9-17 year olds. It recruits volunteers who are paired with young people whom they meet with on a one-to-one basis twice a month. The volunteers provide a positive adult role model for the young people, getting alongside them and introducing them to new sports and activities.
The money awarded to the befriending scheme will go directly towards the young people involved in the project.
BFriends was one of three community groups selected by John Lewis staff to compete for a share of £3000 from the Community Matters Scheme. John Lewis customers were then directly involved in deciding how much each nominated group received, by using a token to vote for the organisation they’d like to support. Members of the public were able to vote for their chosen charity over a period of three months. At the end of this three month period the Lighthouse were delighted to discover that we would be awarded £1000, having received exactly one third of the votes.
The money awarded to the befriending scheme will go directly towards the young people involved in the project. It will be used to fund fortnightly outings with their befrienders, a very important time in forming trusting relationships.
We would like to thank John Lewis for their partnership with us in this way as well as the many people who voted for BFriends.