SETON Care has recently been successful in gaining funding from Comic Relief in order to provide a voluntary befriending service for older people in both Berwickshire and North Northumberland.
Known as the Early Intervention Project, the project is funded for three years and will encourage people over the age of 55 to volunteer as befrienders with older people who may be socially isolated or just need a friend.
The Early Intervention Co-ordinator, Terri Bearhope, who will be running the project, said: “This is a scheme that has been needed in this area for some time and I hope that it will benefit the volunteers as much as the people they will be befriending. Everyone involved in the scheme should experience improved physical and mental health, the widening of their social networks, greater self-confidence, and new hobbies and pastimes.”
To find out more about about the project ring 01361 884000.