Kincardine & Deeside Befriending

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending recruits, trains and supports volunteer befrienders who are matched with isolated & lonely older people (55+) living independently in their own homes to provide social contact.

Information for volunteers

Our volunteers are the gold dust of our service and with a wide range of life experiences and skills, make a positive impact on the lives of the older people they visit.
As a prospective volunteer you will have a short informal interview and be screened by PVG check as well as providing 2 character references.
We offer a home study training package which allows volunteers to complete training in a flexible way. This introduces you to befriending and the client group we serve.
Befrienders are matched with an older person who is living at home and experiencing loneliness and social isolation. A regular (weekly or fortnightly) visit helps to brighten the befriendee's week and the range of activities that our matches do varies widely depending on what the older person wishes to do. Visits usually last 1 and a half to 2 hours. Some are home visits to chat and reminisce over a cuppa, perhaps doing crosswords or games. Many other visits mean a chance for the older person to get out into the community with the volunteer, perhaps to a local café or beauty spot, perhaps to a medical appointment or for a spot of shopping together. The companionship of someone they will get to know well has big benefits for the older person and many describe their befriending visit as the highlight of their week.

Contact

Cherry Lawson
Kincardine & Deeside Befriending
8 Robert Street
Aberdeenshire
AB39 2DN

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