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Update on Befriending Service

On Tuesday 22 September 2020 the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP announced new measures to protect the population from the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Among the measures, household visits are no longer permitted.  This means Kincardine and Deeside Befriending must stop face to face visits until further notice.  

Two households can still meet outside whilst respecting social distancing but we recognise this is not practical or possible for most of our matches, especially with the arrival of colder weather.

Individual matches who are fit enough to meet outside without the need for close physical help or contact can be assessed on an individual basis by our coordinators before a meeting takes place.

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AVA Community Spirit Award

In view of all the exceptional volunteering that has been going on in communities to help the more vulnerable in our villages and towns across Aberdeenshire  during the COVID 19 situation, AVA launched their Community Spirit Awards recently.

We are delighted today to say that Kincardine and Deeside Befriending volunteers have been recognized for the difference they have been making and the community spirit you have been showing across Aberdeenshire.

Well done and Thank you – a well deserved award for you all.

AVA Community Award

Restart of Face to Face Befriending Visits from 1st August 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed that individuals can stop shielding from 1st August. This is because the rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is currently very low. Hopefully, this will remain the case and further lockdowns will not occur for us, but we will need to be mindful of possible local changes in this relaxation.

So, from the 1st of August Kincardine and Deeside befrienders and befriendees will be able to meet up again face to face, following social distancing guidelines and hand hygiene, cough etiquette guidelines which are highlighted below.

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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. 

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