Experiences

Buddies are interested in people. They are committed to support others and do so from a Christian philosophy. Often they combine this with work or a study. They are motivated volunteers who are prepared and trained to give personal support and accompaniment, with respect for everyone’s lifestyle and philosophy. How buddy care is experienced, can best be told by people who had a buddy:

 

To have a buddy: I didn’t know about it but we had a click. We talked about different things and had very nice discussions. You know your boundaries. I don’t discus my pain with my family. They will immediately talk about their own pains, I don’t need that. “Me is enough”. We have done some outings, we went on a boat ride on the IJ and afterwards to the Muiderslot castle and we go together to the market. A true personal extra! Mr. D.  To have a buddy: I didn’t know what it meant, a counselor mentioned it. It became clear to me when the buddy came. I was in isolation. A buddy helps me for example to act. It was like a mother figure. I have grown much and am much stronger now. Recently I have picked up volunteer work myself and don’t need a buddy anymore! Mrs. F.