Befrienders required to help Midlothian seniors

Dalkeith Country Park, Volunteer Centre Midlothian, Area coordinators and volunteers.

Dalkeith Country Park, Volunteer Centre Midlothian, Area coordinators and volunteers.

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County residents are being invited to make a difference in the community by ‘befriending’ pensioners who are socially isolated or lonely.

Free training is available to those who are willing to give up their time to provide others with opportunities for social interaction. This might involve anything from accompanying someone on a walk or shopping trip, to encouraging them to join a group or club within their community.

Run by Volunteer Centre Midlothian, the ‘Community Links Project’ is open to anyone over the age of 18 and who can volunteer for at least an hour each week. The only other requirements are that participants complete a two-day induction training course and commit to the project for a minimum six-month period.

Local co-ordinator Angela Monteith told the Advertiser: “We call this ‘befriending’ but it is really just spending time with someone. It has been shown that social contact improves a persons mental and physical health and can help prevent depression.”

Read full story in the June 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.