Celebrating 20 years of Kincardine befriending

Rodney Payne cutting the group's birthday cake
Rodney Payne cutting the group's birthday cake

A group that encourages social interaction among elderly people celebrated a milestone anniversary earlier this month.

Stonehaven-based Kincardine and Deeside Befriending marked their 20 year anniversary with a “fun-packed birthday party”.

Over 50 volunteer befrienders and their befriendees attended the event.

The celebrations were opened and closed by chairperson Angela Broad. She emphasised the contribution the group has made to the local community over the two decades in providing social support to older people who are lonely or isolated.

She also highlighted the valuable role of its volunteers, saying: “I want to thank everyone past and present who has volunteered over the years.

“They have been vital to the continued success of the organisation.”

To mark the occasion, a special birthday cake was cut by Rodney Payne, one of the charity’s longest-serving volunteers.

They aim to match lonely people on a one-to-one basis with a volunteer befriender.

The group was initially set up by a local Voluntary Services Action group in the Kincardine area during 1996, but expanded into Deeside in 1999.