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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.

Car travel with those outside your household is also not permitted.

We acknowledge that returning to telephone contact is a step none of us want to take but it is a necessary step and we must comply in a combined effort to keep everyone safe.   

We will continue to follow advice from the Scottish and UK governments and will continue to provide regular updates. 

During such challenging times we continue to seek new volunteers who can help us continue our valuable service and extend our reach.  Volunteers can undertake online training in preparation for telephone befriending and when permitted for face to face befriending.

Please get in touch with our coordinators if you wish to discuss volunteering or talk about the new changes that are in place. 

Working together we can keep people as safe as possible and still bring companionship and regular contacts to older people who are isolated in our communities.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.  Stay safe.


Trustees and Staff, Kincardine and Deeside Befriending


Stonehaven Office 01569 765714

Banchory Office 01330 823368