Long service awards for Befriending

Volunteer befrienders receiving their long service certificates
Volunteer befrienders receiving their long service certificates

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending held it’s Annual General Meeting last month in Stonehaven.

The charity aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people by matching them on a one to one basis with volunteer befrienders.

Councillor Anne Allan, Chair of the Integrated Board for Health and Social Care attended as a guest speaker at the event.

She presented the four main themes of the Board’s strategic plan and highlighted the importance of projects such as K&D Befriending to the future success of the plan. She said: “Kincardine and Deeside Befriending has been a much needed service in the area for many years. As an organisation you are helping people feel less lonely and isolated and this can really help to improve a person’s mood and thus avoid or reduce depression.

“You are also contributing to helping people live in their own home for longer as well as improving their ability to get out. All this helps to improve a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. You can be very proud of what you have achieved and the service you provide.”

Angela Broad (Chairperson) expressed thanks to all volunteer befrienders and fundraisers who have been vital to the continued success of the Organisation and Carol Kinghorn, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire handed out certificates awarded to befrienders who have given long service to K&D Befriending, eleven of whom have been befriending for five years, one for ten years and three for 15 years.

Approximately 50 people attended the event and aside from the business, attendees all enjoyed afternoon tea and entertainment from musician Charlie Gorman from the Music in Hospital Scheme.

K&D Befriending are grateful to ‘Total’ for sponsoring this musical entertainment.

The charity are currently looking to recruit new befrienders to expand their volunteer base and meet the growing demand for befrienders for older people, particularly in Ballater, Aboyne, Banchory and Mearns areas.

More information and an application pack is available from the Organisation’s website: www.kdbefriending.org.uk . Alternatively, please contact the Deeside Co-ordinator on tel: 01330 823368.

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