You’ve got a friend in Bield

Bield bench imageBield is highlighting the important role that friendship can play in assisting older people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives.

The housing and care provider’s befriending initiative has already proved hugely successful across its developments and is now being launched at Gordon Court Retirement Housing in Edinburgh.

The project aims to recruit friendly and enthusiast individuals as befrienders – volunteers who provide one-to-one companionship for tenants who feel isolated or who are unable to get out easily on their own. Where possible, they help the tenant to maintain social contacts and become more included in their community or in new activities.

Bield is looking to recruit befrienders who would visit a tenant on a regular basis for a chat and a cup of tea, or who would accompany the tenant out so they could enjoy local activities together.

Volunteer development worker, Donna Dickson, said: “The befriending project has been very welcomed by our tenants. It is a wonderful opportunity for our tenants who feel isolated or unable to get out on their own. Many would love to be able to do some of the activities they used to, and with the support of someone else, this could be possible again.”

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. A minimum commitment of six months is required.

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions.

Anyone who is interested or would like more information should call Christine Dykes on 0131 554 3231.


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