Thankyou for being a friend, says charity

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Good neighbours are the backbone of any community and looking out for each other helps identify those in the area that need help, advice or just a friendly ear.

Mental health and NHS experts agree on the many benefits of having someone to talk to and that is a core value of a charity that specialises in being a friend.

So much so that The Rainbow Befriending Service is working towards Quality in Befriending (QIB) accreditation with Befriending Network Scotland.

The Rainbow Centre in Thornliebank provides support and advice to people over 50 who live in Greater Pollok, Newlands, Auldburn, Carnwadric, and Thornliebank.

One of its most popular services is the friends network and the centre is always looking for new volunteers to help reduce the growing waiting list and encourages over-50s to get in touch and get involved either as a friend in need or befriender.

A spokesman said: “Befriending volunteers can visit people within their own home or take them out into the community for a cup of tea, to buy clothes or to visit places of interest.

“Having a befriender helps reduce isolation, improves physical and mental health, and helps keep the older person independent within their home. We are funded through the Henry Smith Charity, and the Reshaping Care for Older People fund, who recognise the important work we do.”

He added: “We are always looking for more elderly people to get involved with our free service, and we are also always on the look out for new volunteers to befriend people.”