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Call for young and old volunteers in Dunbartonshire

Fancy making some new friends in your local area? Bield Housing and Care is looking for volunteers to support its tenants.

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Dunbartonshire locals are being encouraged to help older people in their area by volunteering their time as befrienders.

Bield Housing and Care is currently looking for volunteers to help support tenants in a variety of activities, from simple walks in the park to chatting over cups of tea.

The social engagement provided by befrienders is a lifeline to many older members of the community who have become isolated and lonely.

Jim Robertson, 74, is a veteran of volunteering. He’s been volunteering since he moved in to Alexandria’s Oakbank five years ago, and heads up the development’s afternoon teas twice a week. He uses his time to mingle and joke with tenants while he tops up mugs.

Jim said: “I’ve been volunteering for around five years now, and it keeps me on my toes. I like to keep everyone entertained and have been known to sing a song or two on my tea rounds.

“You build up strong bonds with the individuals that you are supporting. I know I’ll be here helping until I am not able to anymore. More people should volunteer as it’s so fulfilling. I would love to see more young people volunteering, as it helps build new skills and gives you a reference to help you get the job you want.”

Robertson isn’t the only local donating his time at Oakbank. Bield staff member Jacqueline Markey host monthly takeaway and film nights.  

She said: “Without volunteers, social activities like afternoons teas, bingo, movie nights and takeaway nights just could not happen.

“Whatever your personality and interests, or how often you would like to volunteer, Bield can work with you to find the right fit and give you a great volunteering experience.”

Bield is currently looking for volunteer befrienders in the East and West Dunbartonshire areas. If you are interested in helping to make a difference to the lives of older people, call Joni Mitchell on 0141 270 7255 or visit https://www.bield.co.uk/join-us/volunteering

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