Sally Army tackles Angus loneliness problem

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A Salvation Army project that acts as a lifeline to older people in Angus has been praised by the MSP for the North East.

Good Neighbours Angus staff work across the county delivering a range of practical services to enable people to continue living independently.

North East Scotland MSP Alex Johnstone MSP said he was impressed by the care and compassion of everyone involved in Good Neighbours Angus.

The Good Neighbours team help out by doing people’s shopping, picking up pensions and prescriptions, paying bills, being a friend, keeping a watchful eye on any deterioration in health, offering a listening ear, and liaising with social services and family members.

During a visit to the project yesterday (Monday), Mr Johnstone was able to speak with a service user in his home. The MSP said: “I have been impressed by the quality of service provided by Good Neighbours Angus and the way it serves people with a specific need for assistance in their own homes. The Salvation Army is a tremendous resource and their enormous contribution to our community is worthy of no end of praise.”

The service user (who asked not to be named) is one of those who have been supported by the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbours project and said: “Good Neighbours is invaluable and more people should be making use of this wonderful service.”

Captain Susan Tidball, manager of Good Neighbours Angus, wants to continue the good work that was started in 1997. She said: “This project is the Salvation Army’s best kept secret. We have a fantastic team of staff who really go the extra mile.

“On top of the practical support we also offer spiritual support. This includes chaplaincy visitation in people’s homes or in hospital, and support to extended family, especially during illness or bereavements.”

Are you over 60 and finding it increasingly difficult to do your weekly shopping? If you are interested or know of someone who would benefit with some extra help, please call Good Neighbours Angus, Forfar on 01307 469574.