Befriending AGM and Summer Social

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending held its AGM and Summer Social on June 28 at the Invercarron Resource Centre, Stonehaven.

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending, a local registered charity, aims to reduce social isolation in older people by matching them on a one-to-one basis with volunteer befrienders.

Over 50 volunteer members, clients and guests gathered together for refreshments, fun and musical entertainment, along with a brief spell of business.

Castleton Farm once again donated the wonderful strawberries which were enjoyed by all. The musical entertainment was provided by Music in Hospitals (Steve Bretel) and this was sponsored by TOTAL E&P UK LTD.

Matthew Edwards and Alison Saward, part of the YPI team from Mackie Academy who had previously raised £3,000 for the charity, were invited along to hand out long term certificates to volunteers who had given five or 10 years service to K&DB.

The new ‘Friends Of K&DB raised £130 from a raffle held during the afternoon.

If you would like to make a donation or join the team of volunteers, please contact the website: or phone the Kincardine Office on 01569 765715 or the Deeside Office on 01330 823368 or 07816958839.

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending would like to thank the Friends of BCEC under 2s group for their very kind donation of £1,000. The Deeside Co-ordinator explained: “This gift will help us continue with our aim to reduce the lonlieness and isolation of older vulnerable people in our community.

“A visit by their Befriender can make a huge difference to a lonely older person’s day, whether it is just for a chat and a cuppa or an outing to some place of interest, for example a trip to the garden centre or a visit to their best loved coffee shop.”