Celebrating Befriending Week

John and his befriender Judy Kyle (pictured) have been matched for nearly two years.
John and his befriender Judy Kyle (pictured) have been matched for nearly two years.

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending is celebrating Befriendng Week (November 1-7), an annual event which recognizes the valuable role of befriending in combating loneliness and isolation.

The registered charity which operates in Kincardine and Deeside, provides much-needed companionship and social support to older people who are socially isolated.

Volunteers visit on a weekly or fortnightly basis and their visits can be a life-line for many older people experiencing loneliness.

John and his befriender Judy Kyle (pictured) have been matched for nearly two years. John is age 93 and has no immediate family to fall back on. Although he relies on the goodwill of his neighbour, he really looks forward to weekly visits from Judy as he is unable to get out due to poor health and frailty. John enjoys their trips out and says “Judy will make a cup of tea for me and takes me out to Banchory. She cairns her job!”. Judy says she has gained much satisfaction from befriending and would recommend it to others; “I get so much pleasure from meeting John each week and we have a great rapport. He is always keen to get out and about for a run in the car and a coffee”.

K&D Befriending is currently recruiting volunteer befrienders, particularly from Deeside and Mearns areas and has a basic training course planned for the New Year.Why not celebrate Befriending week by offering your support to local older people who are lonely and isolated. You could be making a difference.