Dementia befriending projects set up in Fife and the Borders

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Comedian Craig Hill was on hand to celebrate as Alzheimer Scotland received £150,000 from the Postcode Lottery to create two new volunteer networks

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14th February 2017 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

Alzheimer Scotland has created two new befriending projects after being awarded £150,000.

The charity will create a network of volunteers across Fife and the Borders who will regularly visit the 9,000 people living with dementia in the areas.

Befrienders offer people companionship as well as providing support services for families affected by the disease to help improve emotional health and social wellbeing.

The money for the projects was provided by the People’s Postcode Lottery with a cheque handed over by comedian and TV presenter Craig Hill.

Catherine Thomas, head of fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland said: “Everyone at Alzheimer Scotland gratefully welcomes this funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“At Alzheimer Scotland it is our mission to ensure that nobody should face dementia alone, so the creation of a network of trained volunteers will enable us to provide regular contact for people living with dementia, build confidence, provide opportunities for new interests and involvement, and enable them to widen their social networks.”

Clara Govier, head of charities from the People’s Postcode Lottery, added: “We are so proud that our players are helping to roll out this fantastic service across Scotland.

"The Befriending projects are so essential to people living with dementia.”

Comic Craig Hill, added: “It was a pleasure to join in on the celebrations today and meet some amazing people.

“The effects that dementia can have on a family are far reaching, so this is fantastic news for families across the country as this will open so many doors.

“The befriending projects will help so many people to feel less alone and more positive about day to day life.”