Stanley Development Trust – Volunteer Befriending Service – helping to reduce social isolation.

We all experience difficulties at some time in our life.  When we do so, the companionship and support of someone outside our immediate family can prove invaluable.  Stanley Development Trust aims to provide that support through our volunteer befriending service.

The volunteer befriending service is a recent project that provides support to people in Stanley and the surrounding rural area who are facing challenges on account of illness, disability, advancing years, bereavement or lifestyle choices.  It’s a free service and anyone can make a referral to it (self-referral too).

Volunteer befrienders meet regularly with the person receiving support and do things together that they both enjoy.  Some examples of activities are: going for a coffee and a chat / a drive in the country/ cinema trip / going for a walk / doing crosswords and puzzles / joining a local group / shopping trip.

Here is a quote from someone who used the service: “It’s good to speak to someone outside the family. It gives me a different perspective on things.”

Our volunteer befrienders come from all walks of life and each has their own reason for wanting to help.  Volunteer befrienders are caring, non-judgemental, good listeners, confidential, and supportive of people.  Our volunteer befrienders receive training and support for the role.  All provide references and all are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG).

If you would like to make a referral or to talk about becoming a befriender, please contact Laura, in confidence, by email laura@stanleydevelopmenttrust.org or by phone on 07712219261.

Stanley Befrienders help build community connections and beat loneliness 

Befriending Week 2017 was in the first week in November. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of befriending and to publicly recognise and thank our volunteers for all that they do to brighten up the lives of the individuals they support.

Loneliness and social isolation are terms that we hear and read about increasingly.  Anyone can be lonely or socially isolated and it can impact negatively on their health and well-being. Research suggests that loneliness and social isolation can have a similar detrimental effect  on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

One way to help people reconnect with others in their local community and improve their well-being is through the support of a volunteer befriender. Supported by Perth & Kinross Council, Stanley Development Trust operates a successful, small-scale befriending service for residents in the village and surrounding rural area. Our service beats loneliness with the help of 6 volunteer befrienders who do a brilliant job by spending time with people who are lonely due to illness, advancing years, disability, or mental health issues.

Thank you to all our befrienders!