Befrienders sought for Midlothian residents

Bield is looking for Midlothian befrienders
Bield is looking for Midlothian befrienders

Bield’s development at Whitehill Lodge, Moorfoot Court, and Emily Court in Midlothian are looking for volunteers to provide valuable support for its user services.

Volunteer befrienders spend one-on-one time with tenants to provide companionship and an essential social element to their day. Helping to improve tenant wellbeing, becoming a befriender is a hugely rewarding experience.

Volunteer social activity co-ordinators help organise opportunities for social interaction within the development and the wider community.

Volunteer silver surfer tutors are involved in a popular project which teaches tenants how to use modern technology enabling them to become more confident with their laptops, smartphones and general computing skills.

Ruth Bowen, volunteer development manager at Bield, said: “At Bield we encourage our tenants to pursue their interests and hobbies as it is central to our ‘Free to Be’ ethos but they often need a little support to be able to do this.

“We have a number of wonderful opportunities to become involved and get to know some fantastic people.”

Volunteers build positive relationships with service users and can play an important role in assisting older people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives.

If you would like to volunteer and are a friendly and sociable person then Bield would be interested in hearing from you. Visit or email for further information.

Enquiries are welcome from people of all ages over 16. Full training and support will be given and a minimum commitment of six months is required.

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. Bield thanks everyone for their interest, however it hopes that people understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.