During the COVID-19 pandemic loneliness and isolation for people has increased substantially and more and more people are now suffering from this. Befriend Motherwell’s whole existence has been to try and combat isolation for people aged 65 and over. However, during this time we have been accepting referrals for people of any age to try and combat loneliness and isolation in the area. Through our volunteers and staff, we have kept in regular contact with all of our beneficiaries via telephone along with new people who have been referred to us for the first time. Each week, as a team, we have been calling over 100 people who have either just become isolated or are now facing an increased level of loneliness.
We have also adapted our service and are also providing shopping support, basic errands and prescription collections to anyone needing our support. We have been delighted and encouraged by the response of many people who have offered to volunteer to help people during this time and we have involved 10 new volunteers.
We are hope to increase the support being offered to some of the most vulnerable in our community. However, this is dependent on applications that have been made for funding.