Befrienders service looking for Mid Argyll volunteers

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The Dochas carers’ centre’s befriending service is looking for volunteers to join its team.

The group is called Circle of Friends and has been running for four years now, providing a valued service for individuals who are feeling isolated or lonely and perhaps finding it difficult to get out and about.

Often there can be a carer who has concerns about their relative being on their own when they cannot be there and by providing the loved one the company of a befriender, the service offers them some much needed reassurance.

Circle of Friends co-ordinator Ryan Taylor receives many referrals for the service but, unfortunately, at this time there is a waiting list.

The service operates across the Lochgilphead area and Ryan explains that befriending is an opportunity to give something back to the community through offering your time and commitment.

She says that all befrienders have stories of how it has made a positive difference to their lives, as well as to the person who is befriended.

If you are a compassionate, friendly, fun-loving individual and you feel that you could offer befriending support to someone in your spare time, then contact Ryan on 07899 242265 or Doris Linstead, Dochas Centre manager on 01546 600022.