The Living Well Project Befriending Service provides a service to older people who are socially isolated or lonely.
There are many elderly people in the north east who live alone and are either unable to get out or have very little contact with others. A befriender can provide company for someone who is socially isolated. They can visit and chat with them or support them to go out, perhaps to a group or activity that they enjoy. They may also provide a carer with the opportunity to have a short break knowing that person they care for has company.
Those who are already involved in the service speak of how they look forward to the weekly visits and befrienders speak of the difference they can see that they are making. It can be fun and rewarding for the volunteer. For the older person, it can be a step forward in reducing their loneliness, improving their confidence, and rediscovering things that have been lost in their lives.
This is a great opportunity to help make a difference to older people in our City and any help is always greatly appreciated. The people referred to us are over 65 years old, and live in Kingswells, Bucksburn, Dyce, Danestone or Bridge of Don.
For further details please contact: Robbie Kinnaird, Befriending Service Team Leader, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 01224 712808.