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Kincardine & Deeside Befriending

Charity registered in Scotland SC032594

K & D Befriending is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender. A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing; in many cases, a carer also benefits from the welcome respite provided.

Current opportunity

Volunteer Befrienders are ‘matched’ with an older person who is living independently in their own home but who is experiencing social isolation and loneliness. This may be due to bereavement, ill-health, increasing frailty or loosing contacts within their community. Volunteers will be matched with an older person close to where they live. By being a regular and reliable visitor to the older person the volunteer helps to increase confidence on staying at home and improves someone’s quality of life. A weekly or fortnightly visit of around an hour may be home visit to chat over a cuppa, do crosswords or other games, or an outing to a nearby café, shops or local beauty spot. The activities within the befriending visit are based on the needs and wishes of the older person.