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RealLiving celebrates Befriending Week with new social cafe in Rosyth
RealLiving has set up a new social cafe at Parkgate Community Centre, Rosyth for people who are over 65 and are lonely or isolated. The cafe opened its doors during Befriending Week to help raise awareness of the impact volunteer befrienders have on the lives of the people they support.
There is a high rate of loneliness in Fife, particularly amongst older people, and the RealLiving Volunteer Befrienders project provides much-needed companionship and support to help older people become more involved in their local communities.
The cafe will run each Wednesday from 10.30am – 12.30pm and its aim is bring older people who may be isolated or lonely due to illness, dementia or other circumstances, together to enjoy a cuppa, a blether and more.
Elaine Meakin, Project Worker said: “We already run a successful social cafe in Torryburn Community Centre where our volunteers make people feel welcome, share a cup of tea and have a chat or organise activities such as knitting, crafts, seated exercise and outings. Thanks to extra funding from Fife Council, Robertson Trust and Wemyss Charitable Trust, we have now been able to extend the befriending service into more of West Fife, including Rosyth, Dalgety Bay Inverkeithing and Dunfermline.”
Sylwia Nadolny, Project Worker added: “The RealLiving Project could not run without the volunteers, and to see the difference in our members when they have a befriender or come to the cafe and have companionship is an amazing thing to see”.
If you would like to volunteer as a Befriender or would like more information about the project, please contact Elaine Meakin on 07884 264 642 or Sylwia Nadolny on 07921 040757