Our Help at Hand befriending project has been shortlisted for an ‘outstanding achievement in health and wellbeing’ award by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and Stirling Council. The award is sponsored by NHS Forth Valley.

Help at Hand was one of three projects selected for the shortlist. The judges looked for projects that successfully reduce social isolation in the community and promote physical and mental wellbeing.

The final results will be announced at the Stirling Volunteer Awards, held at the Albert Halls in Stirling on 19th September 2016.

John Ross Brown, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Help at Hand befrienders project, said:

“We’re very pleased that the Help at Hand befrienders programme has been recognised for the contribution it makes to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. In the Forth Valley region, many older people are living with chronic conditions that limit their ability to interact with their local community. This can lead to social isolation, which makes it even harder to manage their health and lead a fulfilling life.

Our volunteers and project staff are committed to supporting older people and enabling them to play a more active and meaningful role in their community, which in turn can lead to improvements in health and wellbeing.”