Befriending Caithness is a befriending service which offers older isolated adults in Caithness a chance to meet a friendly face on a weekly basis. Referrals to the service can be made from health professionals, social workers, voluntary organisations, families and also self referrals. Once matched our volunteers visit in the persons home on a weekly basis and can go on shopping trips with them or accompany them to appointments depending on the individual needs of that person.
Information for volunteers
We offer three elements of befriending in order to reduce lonliness and isolation within Caithness. We have three co-ordinators who will support the volunteers through training, visiting, reviews, and regular volunteer meetings to meet the other volunteers and keep up to date with what we are all up to.
One to one matches for the over the 60s age group. Visiting people in their homes, taking them for walks, reading, run in the car, cup of coffee and lots of chat.
Visiting for the 40-60 age group to join a group. The co-ordinator has a list
of groups outwith befriending that the befriendee can be introduced to and taken along by the volunteer befriender or/and the befriending co-Ordinator
Visiting our local carehomes and hospitals. This is currently serviced by our Intergenerational Students from both Wick and Thurso High School aswell as regular befriending Volunteers
Group Activities volunteers always needed for delivering the group activities. We currently have five group activities in different areas of Caithness.
Volunteer Bus befrienders - these are volunteers who will accompany the befriendees to the group activities on our hired bus.