Befriending

Beauly and Glens Helping Hands Befrienders

We are proud to announce the provision of a new befriending service to support isolated and lonely individuals living in the Glens and villages across Glen Urquhart, Strathglass and the surround Beauly area. The befriending service is free and matches volunteers with individuals who would like support through regular face to face visits and or meetings. It is open to all ages with the specific aim of addressing isolation and loneliness.

The service is a 2 year pilot developed in partnership with Highland Hospice, Soirbheas, Beauly Cares and the Glen Urquhart Care Project, who also co-ordinate this new Befriending Service.

The requirement for this service was highlighted after a study was undertaken to identify support needs for the elderly and young in the area.

Carol Masheter Community Development Manager for Soirbheas – “Soirbheas are delighted to have played a part in developing and funding this new service. Providing face to face befriending services in rural areas is challenging to co-ordinate. However, we were determined, as are our partners, to ensure that vulnerable people in our communities have equal access to support.”

Natasha MacNicol Befriender Coordinator at the Glenurquhart Care Centre – “I am so excited to be a part of this new service, it is such a lovely project that really resonates with me. There is a real need to help the lonely and isolated in the area, made all the more prevalent by being a rural community. The volunteers have the potential to make a sincere difference to the lives of those we help. An hour or two a week isn’t much, but from small acorns big oaks grow.”

We are keen to hear from people across the project area who may wish to be referred to the service or might have a family member that would benefit. We are also recruiting volunteers to act as befrienders. If you have an hour or so a week to spare and are interested in learning more about befriending, please get in touch. No previous experience required just a friendly and caring disposition! Training and support is available for volunteer and expenses for travel costs are also offered.

To chat about volunteering or refer someone you feel would benefit from the service, please contact Natasha at the Glenurquhart Care Centre:
Telephone – 01456 459 077
Email – befriender@glenurquhartcareproject.org