Befriend Motherwell

Supported by: Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church

Befriend Motherwell was set up out of concern for the many older people who were isolated and lonely in their community. They match volunteer befrienders with people who would welcome some contact with a friendly face. Through relationship building, the befriender will encourage the older person to accompany them on a simple trip, such as a visit to a cafe or local shops. They have also set up telephone befriending and group befriending in local sheltered housing complexes where they arrange weekly activities. They work in partnership with other local agencies to enable them to provide a great service to people in their community.

Wish you were here?

"Anne rang the project in a distressed state. She explained that she was 78 and the main carer for her husband William who had the onset of dementia. With no close family or friends nearby, she had no one to turn to who could give her some respite.

A member of the project visited her and spoke at length with her and her husband. It was obvious that Anne was becoming very isolated. William talked animatedly about his interest in sport.

With their permission we contacted Carers Together who referred him to the football memory clinic. We agreed to find a befriender for William who could chat to him about sport and allow Anne to have some time for herself. William now has a regular weekly visit from his befriender. Anne is a lot less stressed and is able to get out for a look around the shops, or meet with a friend once a week. She also receives regular updates on carers' events and information."

Go For It Fund

Befriend Motherwell received a Continuation Grant from Go For It in 2015. Continuation Grants are available for up to £40,000 over two years.