Befrienders must assemble to help isolated older folk

Befrienders assemble: Get involved with Kincardine & Deeside Befrienders to help the aged

Befrienders assemble: Get involved with Kincardine & Deeside Befrienders to help the aged

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Kincardine & Deeside Befriending are looking to recruit volunteer befrienders to support older people who are socially isolated.

Age UK produced a report called Agenda for Later Life 2015 which found that there is an increase in the number of people feeling lonely. Last year 10 per cent of people aged 65-plus reported they were often lonely, compared to seven per cent in 2012.

Kincardine & Deeside volunteer befrienders are recruited and matched on a one-to-one basis with an older person. They meet regularly and enjoy each other’s company.

Anyone who is over 18, who enjoys talking and listening to older people and who has a couple of hours every week or fortnight to spare is welcome to apply.

The next introductory courses will be held on Saturday, February 27, and Saturday, March 12 in Banchory. Applicants will also have to undertake an enhanced disclosure check. Having your own car would be of benefit and travelling expenses are provided.

More information and an application pack is available from the organisation’s website: www.kdbefriending.org.uk.