‘Befrienders’ scheme extended to Bute

The new Bute Elderly Befrienders scheme will be the subject of an open day in Rothesay on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
The new Bute Elderly Befrienders scheme will be the subject of an open day in Rothesay on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

A project aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people in the Cowal area has been extended to Bute.

The Bute scheme is an offshoot of a project managed and run by Cowal Elderly Befrienders (CEB), a Dunoon-based charity which has been operating since 1996 and also aims to improve the health and wellbeing and quality of life of older people.

A drop-in information event on the new ‘Bute Elderly Befrienders’ service will take pace at the Moat Centre in Rothesay from 10am-4pm on Wednesday, October 1.

The extension of the Cowal scheme to Bute is the result of work done by CEB on behalf of the NHS’s Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) locality group in the area.

In an email to Bute Community council telling them about the scheme, project co-ordinator Duncan MacLeod said: “Our research found that although there was a great sense of community throughout the island and some fantastic local groups which older people can attend, there is a distinct lack of services for the frail older population who find it hard to access the community (or even transport) without assistance.

“The majority of those interviewed for the research expressed the view that they personally knew of significant numbers of older people who could benefit from a Befriending service.”

The drop-in event on October 1 will also include short presentations on the project and its work at 11am and 2pm.