Funds secured for befrienders

Berwickshire Housing Association's  befriending project for older people has been awarded five years funding by the Big Lottery Fund.
Berwickshire Housing Association's befriending project for older people has been awarded five years funding by the Big Lottery Fund.

Berwickshire Housing Association’s befriending project for older people has been given a further five years’ funding by the Big Lottery Fund.

Association chief executive Helen Forsyth said: “This is great news.

“Befriending volunteers will now be able to continue their hugely valuable work offering companionship to isolated older people.”

For the past four years, befrienders have been visiting older people at risk of becoming isolated.

“It’s wonderful that the impact, value and hard work of this project have been recognised,” added Helen.

Project co-ordinator Terri Bearhope added: “I want to say thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for its belief in the project, and also to our volunteers for their loyalty and outstanding service.”

To find out more, contact Terri on 01361 885928 or 07801 672167 or terri.bearhope@bhagroup.org.uk