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Kincardine & Deeside Befriending is to benefit from Scottish Government money

Fifty-eight organisations in Scotland have been offered a share of almost £954,000 from the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund for a variety of Short Breaks projects for carers. Kincardine & Deeside Befriending is one of these, and have just received £15,000.

Brigitte Matthews, Senior Co-ordinator of Kincardine & Deeside Befriending said: “We are delighted. It demonstrates the importance of befriending in improving the lives of older people, as well as the lives of those who care for them.

“The money will be used for a much needed expansion of the project to reduce the number of people on our waiting list. Currently, 45 older people are waiting for a befriending service and while we have lots of fantastic volunteers, we were lacking funds to pay for extra staff capacity.

“However, this Short Break Funding, together with some additional money from Aberdeenshire Council, will enable us to kick-start this much needed expansion.”

Soon more carers will be able to take regular short breaks from their caring responsibility while the older person they care for is enjoying the companionship of a befriender.

Regular breaks will help carers to sustain their caring role as they have a chance to revitalise themselves. They will be able to plan activities and do things they might not be able to do otherwise, for example, they could pursue a hobby, take a study course, meet with friends or family, get some house work, gardening or shopping done, access local amenities or recreational activities, or just relax in the knowledge that their loved one is with their volunteer befriender.