Befriending service

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A new Befriending Service is starting in Angus and is looking for volunteers to help bring that little bit extra to care home residents’ lives.

There are currently around 13,000 care home residents in Angus and approximately 4% of these elderly residents have no one to visit them, which can often result in them feeling lonely and isolated.

Befrienders will be matched up with a care home resident who is not receiving any visitors and agree with the resident and the care home providers when it would best suit them to visit.

Visits would normally take place during the day, either in the morning or afternoon, and would last approximately one hour. These visits will help to provide a welcome added extra to the residents’ weekly routine and it is hoped they will benefit from seeing a new friendly face each week.

This new Befriending Service is being coordinated by Rev Rona Phillips, Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) Chaplain and is supported by Pat Fox, Voluntary Services Manager, Angus CHP. All volunteers taking part will be given full training and support to enable them to carry out this service.

If you have an hour or two free each week and you would like to find out how your spare hour could make a difference to a care home resident’s life then get in touch with Rev Rona Phillips on 07789 032931.