Befrienders open arms to new volunteers

Mearns Academy pupils YPI
Mearns Academy pupils YPI

Kincardine and Deeside befriending have gained 12 new volunteers to help the elderly with loneliness and isolation in the area.

The Christmas period may be over, but the effects of isolation can be felt all year round.

Volunteer Brenda said: “I was so shocked to hear that 64 elderly were waiting for someone to visit and to chat to them that I not only volunteered to become a befriender, but also help with raising funds for this much needed service.”

The first volunteer is already matching with a person from the waiting list who could not believe her luck.

Jean, aged 92 and living on her own, thought this was a great Christmas present and is looking forward to getting to know her befriender.

She said “I lost confidence to go out by myself after breaking my hip. As a result I became more and more isolated but now I can look forward to having someone to chat to every week and to be able to out and about with Ella”.

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending also received £3000 from four Mearns Academy pupils through YPI.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) scheme is funded and operated by The Wood Family Trust and encourages secondary students to identify needs in the community and make grants to grassroots, community based charities meeting those needs.

The students researched the needs of their local area and identify K&D Befriending as the charity that best addressed an issue they felt passionate about.

The group of year six students was judged to have made the most knowledgeable and impassioned presentation.

If you would like to make a donation or could raise funds for this cause visit their website or call 01569 765714 or 01330 823368.