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COVID – 19 Important information

In response to the coronavirus pandemic Kincardine and Deeside Befriending has had to move from our face to face befriender visits to a model of telephone support for the older, vulnerable people we serve. 

We have taken this step to protect befriendees, befrienders and staff from exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep everyone safe. 

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending remains active in supporting older people (over 55yrs) living in the community who are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. 

We are proud of the difference regular telephone contacts are making to many older people across Kincardine and Deeside and the input our volunteer befrienders are having bringing companionship and conversation to those they call, brightening individuals’ days and ensuring they do not feel forgotten. 

We understand the vital link the befriending service provides, especially to the elderly and thank all our befrienders who are keeping in touch by telephone, card or letter during these challenging times. 

If you think telephone befriending is something you or an older person you know would benefit from or you have an interest in becoming a volunteer befriender please do contact us.

  • Email: info@kdbefriending.org
  • Mobile: 07952 549 974*
  • Stonehaven office: 01569 765 714
  • Banchory office: 01330 823 368

* during this time please call the mobile number listed as office telephones are not being manned every day. The Stonehaven and Banchory offices will be closed to all visitors meantime. 

We will continue to follow advice issued by the NHS, Scottish and UK governments. Further updates will be communicated via our website and by direct telephone, email or letter to all Kincardine and Deeside Befriending stakeholders. 

To find out the latest news about coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the NHS ‘common questions’ website

 

Thank you for your commitment to Kincardine and Deeside Befriending and trust that together we can help keep each other safe.

As people become older many can, unfortunately, experience isolation and loneliness perhaps as a result of bereavement, retirement, loss of mobility, illness or because families are busy or move away from the local area.  This in turn can lead to loss of confidence, depression and general poor health which ultimately may contribute to older people leaving their home and moving into residential accommodation.

K & D Befriending is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout the Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender.  A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support, and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing; in many cases, a carer also benefits from the welcome respite provided.

'Having a befriender has been very good for me. Louise is someone I can talk to outside the family. I look forward to her visits. She understands me and we have a chat and lots of laughs together. She brightens my day! Thank you K & D Befriending' (Befriendee)

'I enjoy being able to share in the life of another person in a way that is enriching to us both. My visits have brought some male company into the life of my befriendee ... and give some relief to the primary carer too' (Befriender)

'This is an excellent service which gives carers peace of mind knowing that there is someone visiting, and showing an interest in, their loved one.' (Carer of a befriendee)

'My client really enjoys the company of her befriender and I am sure the support has helped her to remain safely in her own home ... the visits and companionship have been invaluable' (Referrer)

The following newsletters are a great way to keep up to date with developments at K & D Befriending .... please contact us if you would like further details.

 

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