Be a Friend scheme in Louth pepares for winter

A volunteer befriending scheme based in Louth has been awarded the Approved Provider Standard by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

Accreditation is awarded only to projects that can demonstrate that they are being managed safely and effectively. Be A Friend supports adults in Louth and surrounding villages who have become socially isolated, often as a result of ill health or bereavement. To date, the project has recruited and trained 40 volunteers and received over 70 referrals.

Co-ordinator Gill Fraser said: “People can become isolated very quickly, especially if they can’t drive or have difficulty accessing public transport. This can have a huge impact on how they feel about themselves. Recent research suggests that as many as one in four older people suffer from anxiety or depression and are therefore more at risk of physical illness. Having someone who visits regularly can make an enormous difference to their quality of life.”

They are likely to experience an increase in referrals over winter and will need to recruit more volunteers. Call Gill on 07890 629062 or email Be A Friend is supported by the local group of churches, the Tudor Trust, East Lindsey District Council and Louth Lions.