The Pennypit Befriending service is vital to covid recovery within Prestonpans’ elderly community.
Through collaborating with other services such as LWTB, our participants have been given a opportunity to develop new friendships with their peers; this has resulted in a massive boost in confidence and has re-ignited many of our elderly’s love for socialising.
Our befriending team offer one-to-one visits with some of the elderly and socially isolated individuals within the community. The purpose of these visits is to keep these individuals company and stop them from feeling alone. We also offer these individuals access to our Lunch with the Bunch and Debbie's Deliveries service.
As a befriending team, and charity, we strive to constantly adapt our befriending service to the needs of our elderly community; through expanding the range of offered activities, encouraging friendships between peers and utilising training available to us. An example of this is linking up with Dementia Scotland, Poppy Scotland and Playlist for Life.
Lisa Irvine: Befriending Coordinator
Anna Scott: Community Worker