Helping out the elderly

THE SALVATION Army Community Care Angus is calling on people in Arbroath to spare an hour a week to visit elderly people in their own homes.

The community care service launched the scheme called ‘The Good Neighbour Befriending Service’ so isolated older people could receive a visit in their homes to combat loneliness.

The scheme is currently being piloted in the Forfar and Kirriemuir area where so far there has been a great response with many volunteers being paired up with individuals who need befriending.

And now it is hoped the project can be extended into the Arbroath area as the organisation has received several referrals of elderly and lonely people in the town too.

Befriending co-ordinator Joyce Thomson explained: “I have worked with the community care since its inception in 1997.

“And through the years I have met many lonely and isolated people and they can feel that way after the loss of a husband or wife or with family moving out of the district.

“We are piloting the ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’ in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas at present and have had a great response.

“So if you could spare an hour or so a week or fortnight to visit someone in their own home for a chat and cup of tea or a small trip out, it can really make a difference to someone’s life.”

Anybody wanting more details on how they can get involved in the scheme can contact Joyce on 01307 469574.

They can also email joyce.thomson@salvationarmy.org.uk.