Helping the Elderly, overcome Loneliness, brining People into their lives
Concern for the loneliness experienced by so many elderly residents in the town lies behind the Befriend Motherwell Project organised and run by Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church. Following a successful Pilot Year in 2012, at the end of which all targets were met, the project is now moving into an exciting permanent phase from Janury 2013. With 10 “matches” between Volunteer Befrienders and Befriendees already in place it is hoped during 2013 to consolidate and build this up to 15 “matches”.
It has been most heartening to again receive funding support from Faiths in Scotland Action Forum; Go For It (from the Church of Scotland); and it is hoped also to secure the Funding routed through Carers Together as part of the ongoing support from North Lanarkshire Council.The Congregational Board at the church has again confirmed financial support for this so important work for the Lord.
There may even be potential to develop into Group Befriending in 2013 to add to the outreach of love and concern addressed by all Volunteers at Befriend Motherwell.
Help is so vital. If you can spare an hour each week to help share some time with a lonely elderly person please do contact our Befriend Motherwell Coordinator, Liz Magunnigal, who will gladly advise. (07796012462).
I had hoped to take along a group from Befriend Motherwell but as I only had, a couple of days from when I found out, it was very short notice for everyone. However, a couple of the Befriendees said they would come along.
I hope that in the months to come, we can arrange some group outings involving Befrienders and their Befriendees.
Our Project Coordinator Liz Magunnigal recently had a stall on behalf of Befriend Motherwell at a carers event held within the Church Building. It was a very successful event overall for everyone present and was well attended with a lot of interest shown in the Befriend Motherwell stall.
This was an excellent networking opportunity for Liz as she met with many other organisations that are willing to work in partnership with Befriend Motherwell and help to promote the work being done for the elderly in the community. As well as these contacts names were given of people who may benefit from our service. A few brave souls even ventured to put their names forward as volunteers.
If you want to find out more about Befriend Motherwell or are interested in volunteering to help reduce the isolation of an elderly person living in Motherwell then please contact Liz on 07796 012 462.