A NEW telephone service has been set up by the Shetland Befriending Scheme to support people who are feeling especially lonely and socially isolated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The service would see befrienders hold regular phone chats with people to provide some vital human interaction during the lockdown period.
It is also designed for people who have very limited or no support around them.
People can refer themselves to the scheme, or an agency, family member, friend or friend supporting the individual can refer to their behalf if they have consent.
Voluntary Action Shetland’s befriending project co-ordinator Lynn Tulloch said it was a natural progression of the scheme, which – pre-Covid 19 – generally sees volunteers accompany people on activities.
“We have developed the telephone befriending service out of a need that was becoming increasing apparent in the community since the lockdown started,” she said.
“Individuals were contacting us and asking if we were able to provide some telephone support to individuals they were concerned about.
“We feel it’s important to continue to provide support to those who are feeling increasingly lonely and socially isolate due to the coronavirus and felt this was a very natural development for our service.”
To find out more, contact Lynn Tulloch on 01595 743907 during office hours or email email@example.com.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 490 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News