On the 25th September we attended the University of Ulster Jordanstown Freshers Fayre and on the 29th September we then attended the University of Ulster Belfast Campus. Both events were very successful as we had a large number of students who were very interested in becoming a Befriender Volunteer with Lighthouse.
We provided the students with flyers containing information on the roles of a Befriender along with a Lighthouse wrist band, Lighthouse badge and a cupcake. After chatting with the students giving them information on what their job role would be and if they were still interested we give them an application form to complete and return either that day to us or to bring home complete and then return to the Lighthouse.
The purpose of recruiting at the Freshers Fayre was to try and get as many volunteers as we could and to raise awareness of the Befriending project and why it is an important cause. We felt by choosing the Freshers Fayre as a way of recruiting it would target a younger audience and raise awareness to the students of how common suicidal idealization, isolation and depression is in society today.
To view more pictures of the Freshers Fayre have a look on our Facebook Page for all our updates about Befriending with us