Befriending service appealing for more volunteers

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Kincardine and Deeside Befriending urgently need to expand their volunteer base to meet the growing demand for befrienders for older people.

The organisation will be running a training course for volunteers on Saturday, August 29, and Saturday, September 5.

Many people like Mary (pictured) are socially isolated and would love the company of a befriender for a few hours a week or fortnight.

Befrienders can visit for a coffee or chat or take someone on a short trip or share hobbies.

The organisation needs volunteers in the Deeside and Inverbervie areas, in particular, and will provide training, expenses and support.

Anyone who is over 18 is welcome to apply.

Having a car to take an older person out would be an advantage.

For more information and an application pack, visit www.kdbefriending.org.uk or call 01569 765714.

K & D Befriending was established in 1996.

Originally under the umbrella of the local Voluntary Action Network the project became independent in 2001; a Management Committee was formed and the project was given charitable status.