K&D Befrienders look to Beat Loneliness

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending are appealing for more volunteers
Kincardine and Deeside Befriending are appealing for more volunteers

Kincardine & Deeside Befriending is striving to beat loneliness, with the help of just over 100 volunteer spending time with elderly.

This year’s Befriending Week is the first week in November, and K&D Befriending is using this opportunity to promote what they do and to raise awareness of the impact volunteer befrienders have on the lives of the people they support.

Brigitte Matthews Senior Co-ordinator at Kincardine and Deeside Befriending said: “Loneliness costs lives. It is linked to a range of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and depression, and more than doubles the risk of developing dementia.

“On average, 10% of the population aged over 65 is chronically lonely.”

The group ran a pilot which ended earlier this year where 20 people were helped to live independently.

The pilot was funded from the Aberdeenshire Change Fund to run a Befriending at Hospital project in Kincardine and Glen O’Dee Community Hospital for two years .

The project matched older patients in the hospitals who are ready to be discharged, but have few social networks and lacked confidence to return home, with a volunteer befriender.

The group are inviting residents along to their jumble sale they are holding onSaturday October 31 from 10am – 12noon in the Stonehaven Town Hall.

Anyone across Kincardine and Deeside who wants to find out more about the work by K&D Befrienders can contact the organisation on 01569 765714.