Audrey & Malika’s Befriending Story
Malika joined Together Co while she was a Psychology student, and was matched with scheme member Audrey who lives with anxiety. They originally met on a weekly basis at Audrey’s house, developing a strong friendship over time.
Malika moved back to her hometown in London during the March lockdown, but she and Audrey still keep in touch through regular video call chats and hope to be reunited again soon.
Audrey and I originally met at the end of 2019, when I joined Together Co seeking a bit more experience to go alongside my Psychology degree. When I moved home in March – just before the first lockdown – I didn’t want to miss out on still being in contact with Audrey so we decided to keep in touch through FaceTime.
Though I think Audrey was initially surprised by my age, we developed a good relationship quite quickly. She’s recommended some great TV shows for me, and when I was learning to drive both Audrey and her husband offered advice on which cars were more reliable, so it’s very reciprocal. We talk about all sorts, only now it’s on FaceTime and instead of sitting in the kitchen her husband Gino often sits with Audrey to help her with the technology.
I have a new job now but I’ve arranged with Audrey for us to still speak every fortnight – always at the same time, because I try to be as consistent as I can. Between the two lockdowns I cycled from London to Brighton, and we met for a short socially-distanced walk which was lovely. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again soon.
Gino: “One of the few times Audrey smiles is when she’s talking to Malika.”
A huge thanks to Malika and all our volunteers who are making a difference to isolated and vulnerable people in Brighton and Hove during the COVID-19 crisis. We are incredibly grateful for all your hard work and care.
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