Befriending

Tackling isolation and loneliness

 


 

 

 

 

New Staff member

Hi everyone, I want to say Hi to our new professional befriender Lynn. She has a wealth of experience both in running her own business, volunteering and working with charities for almost a decade.

She will be a real asset to our small dynamic team, Welcome Lynn

 

 

Our Vision and Aim

Our well-established and award-winning befriending service, which is funded from Big Lotto, has been designed to help the most lonely and isolated people in South Ayrshire and building “stronger bridges” within these communities.

In these troubling times we have also had to adapt and extend our services across most of Ayrshire and due to the physical distancing rules and the necessity to self isolate, to help alleviate where we can, the damage to everyone’s mental health and anxiety levels.

How do I get involved ?

If you feel lonely or isolated for whatever reason, befriending services are there to help you. We will help you to connect with people and feel more comfortable in your home and your community. If you are over 16, interested or know someone who may be, or you feel would benefit from such a service, then please fill in this referral form and email it to Jim at: Seascape befriendee 

alternatively call Jim, our Befriending Co-ordinator on 07436033464 or leave a text message

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we offer award winning training and references (after a qualifying period of 6months), that would be considered highly desirable for any future employer.

After meeting and discussing your interests, we will match you with a  service user or, “befriendee,” who will meet up with you on a one to one basis for a few hours, each week. This can be to meet up for a coffee and chat or to take up a hobby, sport or interest, its up to you to decide.

We are always looking for volunteer befrienders, even those with only a few hours a week for a comforting phone call for example.

Volunteering for Seascape is easy, in the first instance by filling in our  referral form and send it to Jim at:  Seascape volunteer

Alternatively call Jim on: 07436033464 to make an appointment

Covid-19

As everyone is no doubt aware we have all been asked to stay indoors at
the moment. However our befriending service goes on and to that end we
have massively ramped up our tel or distance befriending scheme offering
everything from one to one tele befriending to group training on
Zoom, Skype and internet messenger, Line dancing and music quizzes

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting News

We are going to pilot a new befriending group in East Ayrshire…
We want all you silver surfers to come along and .. learn to swipe, tweet and check your gigabytes, email, print and shop safely online… or bring your boots and hat and have a wee line dance…. then sit back, relax and enjoy a cake and a cuppa with good friends old and new…all for free….

 

 

 

 

 

Groups

By encouraging befriendees and volunteers to attend a group befriending environment we quickly realised that this was a popular idea and although hesitant at first most service users relaxed into this friendly, family group setting.The members decide what and how the group operates, whether it is a weekly quiz for arts and crafts sessions or a general natter coffee and cake session.
Anyone can come along to our group befriending, even matched pairs or those just showing an interest.

We have a few groups running at the moment,

 

Group Flyer

 

 

 

Monday coffee morning,

arts and crafts, nails, bingo at St Oswalds Church, Maybole 10am start

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Wednesdays Ten pin bowling group,

pop along enjoy a game and make friends every Wednesday LA Bowl, 10am start

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Thursdays Tesco group,

Our arts and crafts/ coffee morning group in Tesco’s community room every Thursday 10 am start

Thursdays Chess club,

Chess club at Prestwick Community Centre, Caerlaverock Rd, Prestwick 1.30 pm start

 

 

 

 

 

Friday breakfast club,

Troon breakfast roll and coffee morning (regional) St Meddans Hall, Troon 10 am start

 

Peer group

(by referral only)

Our peer group is by referral only and is designed to help those suffering with mental health and or addiction issues. It is not a weekly therapy session but a few hours each week where people can meet with their peers and forget their troubles.

At present we meet each Tuesday afternoon at the Davis snooker hall for an afternoon of pool and snooker.

 

 

 

 

Day trips/ excursions

Occasionally we organise a day trip or outing down to the beach at Largs for a fish tea and an ice cream or a wander through the gardens at Dumfries House or Culzean castle. 

Day trip photos Largs 2019 Click here

 

Contact the office

our office is open 9 am to 5pm on mon-fri,

You can call Jim at the office on 07436033464

or email at: james.montgomery@seascapeayr.co.uk

for out of hours call Jim on :07436033464