Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £8320
Our model of operation has been running successfully since 2019. The core focus has traditionally been arranging for volunteers to visit older people (Link Friends) in their own homes for 1-2 hours, once a week. These visits often become a lifeline with many reporting that it has transformed their lives. With the onset of Covid-19, these visits have been carried out via telephone befriending since April 2020 which has been very successful. One link friend said “I really appreciate your call. The Need - We have provided 83 hours of telephone befriending. There is a need to scale up the number of lonely people we support. As such, with greater awareness created in Aberdeen the number of referrals keep increasing weekly. There is a need to employ a part-time staff on 16 hours per week to be able to cover all the paperwork and assist in the health and risk assessment, matching of link friends and volunteers.