Helping those who feel isolated

National Volunteers' Week.
National Volunteers' Week.

Volunteer driving and befriending makes a huge impact on the lives of people across Angus.

The opportunity to get some company, a little gentle exercise, a lift to an appointment or a friendly voice at the end of the phone can be a huge benefit to

people who may feel isolated in their homes and communities. One person who benefits from the support of a befriender commented: “Having my befriender around helps me feel less lonely. I am in my 80s, I live alone and I have no one to talk to. Games of dominoes and company gives me something to look forward to, I really appreciate it.”

For the volunteers who give their time through a variety of organisations and services, the pleasure and satisfaction equals the gratitude received from the people they support.

One volunteer said: “By doing this, I am not just helping myself, I am helping other people. It gives me something really worthwhile to get up for in the morning”.

Volunteer befriending and driving opportunities are available through many services and organisations including Angus Council Social Work, Monifieth Befriending, NHS Tayside and Angus Carers.