Befriending project gathers pace on Bute

The Bute Elderly Befrienders project aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among the island's older residents.
The Bute Elderly Befrienders project aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among the island's older residents.

A new project aimed at improving the quality of life of older people living on Bute has taken a significant step forward this week.

Pieter van der Werf, the new outreach worker with the Bute Elderly Befrienders project, started work on December 3, while the scheme’s new website (www.butebefrienders.com) was launched on the same day.

The project began accepting referrals in October, following an information day in Rothesay to introduce local people to the project’s aims and activities.

The scheme is an offshoot of the Cowal Elderly Befrienders charity, which has been operating in the Dunoon and Cowal area since 1996 and is extending its work to Bute with financial support from NHS Highland’s Reshaping Care for Older People initiative.

For more on the Bute Elderly Befrienders project, see page 3 of this week’s Buteman - on sale from tomorrow (Thursday, December 11).