Befriending scheme launched
2:18pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A NEW Newport-based befriending scheme aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and increase older people’s confidence and motivation.
Newport Memorial Hall is launching the scheme, with support from the Royal Voluntary Service.
Lowri Evans, Newport Memorial Hall’s Volunteer Officer, who will be managing the scheme in Newport, believes that the befriending scheme can really make a difference to people’s lives.
She said: “There are many lonely and isolated older people in our community who we never see and who may not know how to ask for help or company. We need to make sure that people know about befriending and that we have befrienders who are trained and ready to go and visit them. What is important is that the older person is willing to receive a visit and contacts us with their details.”
As part of the second year funding from the WCVA and Gwirvol, it is also hoped that people under 25 will get involved in the Befriending scheme and bridge the gap between youngsters and older people.
Part of the project will be to encourage young people to bake cakes and take them to visit an older person and stay for a chat and cup of tea. There will also be training opportunities for young people including marketing, live sound engineering, putting on live events, first aid and cookery.
The befriending scheme is aimed at the people of Newport and surrounding areas, including Eglwyswrw, Dinas, Cwm Gwaun, Brynberian and Moylegrove.
Contact Lowri Evans on 07800 568211 for further information or visit www.newportmemorialhall.co.uk.