Greenlaw needs befrienders

Volunteering as a befriender can make such a difference to someone's life.
Volunteering as a befriender can make such a difference to someone's life.

Two friendly and social befriending volunteers are needed at Fairbairn Court retirement housing development in Greenlaw to socialise with tenants.

The housing development is run by Bield Housing and they are highlighting the important role that volunteers can play in assisting older people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives and is seeking two enthusiastic volunteers in Berwickshire.

Bield are looking for one volunteer to visit one of their service users on a regular basis and help her to build up her confidence. Either by going out with her for trips in a car or assisting with public transport it is hoped she will be able to visit the seaside, one of her favourite places. Those interested would be asked to give a couple of hours once a week, any time after 10am.

A further volunteer is also required who could help to assist a wheelchair user, spending time with her, going out for walks locally or having a chat over a cup of coffee in a local café. Full wheelchair training would be provided and the befriender would be required once a month for an hour on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon.

Tracy Brotherson, manager at Fairbairn Court, said: “We really do appreciate the huge impact our befrienders have in enhancing and enriching the lives of our

tenants.”

“It is vitally important to us at Bield to be able to ensure that everyone gets a chance to interact with people inside and outside the development on a regular basis.

“Befrienders give our tenants this opportunity as well as enable them to pursue their hobbies, a vital part of Bield’s ‘Free to Be’ ethos.”

If you are a sociable person Bield would love to hear from you. Please go to their website and complete the online application form at jobs.bield.co.uk or contact Tracy Brotherson on 01361 810 485 or Donna Dickson on 07887 796 744 or d.dickson@bield.co.uk for further information.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16 who can offer a minimum commitment of six months.