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Befriending Week 2015 (1st-7th November)

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Befriending Week has two aims: to raise awareness of the issue of loneliness in our society, and to promote the great work of befriending services.

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. For people who have become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender often fills a big gap.

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Around the Scotland there are befriending projects which organise effective support for children and young people, families, people with mental ill-health, people with learning disabilities and older people, amongst many others.

The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence.

Befriending can really make a difference to people’s lives as these quotes about befriending and being a befriender demonstrate –

 “Just to say how much my mum is enjoying the volunteer visits.  Thanks again for a great service”.

 

“I took ……… to a few shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, she so appreciated it and loved it, such a novel idea for her, she said.  It was very nice taking her into town, she loved it”.

 

“It’s helped me get more motivated and I’ve met a load of new friends”

 

“I have to say, I’ve enjoyed having you here….I haven’t laughed this much in ages!”

 

Several organisations offer befriending services in East Lothian and are looking for volunteers to become befrienders.

 

Wellbeing Volunteer
STRiVE

Community Engagement Volunteer
STRiVE

Good Neighbours Telephone Befriending Service
Royal Voluntary Service

Good Neighbours Volunteer
Royal Voluntary Service

Volunteer Befriender
Home-Start East Lothian

Befriender
Butterfly Trust

Dementia Cafe Support
East Lothian Council Museum Service

Sporting Memories Group Supporter
Sporting Memories Network

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