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Challenging Loneliness and Isolation – No One Should Have No One

I can’t believe the MK Helping Hands Befriending Project is one month old already!  Funded by the National Lottery for a year to pilot the Project, we know the need is out there so time is of the essence to prove our value and worth.  We are aiming to work with people aged 65 and over, of any or no faith, who may be feeling lonely or isolated for whatever reason.   Little did we know that a pandemic was on the horizon when the funding application was submitted. This has meant that we have had to adapt to help keep everyone as safe as possible and for the time-being, the Befriending will have to take place either by telephone or video call.  When the vaccination programme has been rolled out, we will gradually extend to meeting outdoors and home visiting, the original aim of the Project.

Laura has already found many willing volunteers to become Befrienders and we completed our first round of training this week.  I have been busy promoting the project to sheltered housing complexes, GP surgeries, community organisations, statutory organisations in Newton Mearns, Clarkston, Giffnock, Eaglesham and Waterfoot with the aim of finding people who may potentially benefit from having a Befriender.  Research has proved the benefits on people’s health and well-being of having someone to talk with on a regular basis are massive. 

The Befriending Project was featured in the November issue of The Southsider magazine which was delivered to every household in Eaglesham and Clarkston.  We have also been included  in the “Eaglesham Connects” community newsletter, on the new East Renfrewshire Community Directory and in the Talking Points newsletter.   Morrisons in Giffnock and Asda in Newton Mearns are distributing our fliers in their Christmas Food Parcels.

Please help us to spread the word about the Befriending Project and help our friends and neighbours in the community by showing them that they are important and worthwhile as we want to spend time with them.

A Very Merry Festive Season to You All!

Written by: Liz Highet