Friendship scheme is seeking more friends

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A friendship scheme for the elderly is celebrating its second anniversary this week.

It was on October 8, 2012 that Evergreen Sleaford, a befriending scheme set up to support lonely and isolated elderly people within Sleaford and the surrounding villages, was launched.

It is run by Sleaford Caring Trust (operating as Evergreen Sleaford) with the support of Churches Together in Sleaford and District and North Kesteven District Council.

The befriending scheme relies on volunteers giving an hour or two of their time each week to make a visit and maybe share a cup of tea, have a chat, or play a game. Each volunteer is assigned one befriendee so that a true friendship can develop.

Since its launch, the scheme has supported nearly 50 lonely elderly people. There are currently 30 friendships in place, and a growing number of elderly on the waiting list, so Evergreen Sleaford is continually looking for more volunteers.

Chairman Dave Jeal said: “There are many more people that would benefit from our support, but to meet that need we need more volunteers.”

To mark the second anniversary, a Friends of Evergreen Sleaford group is being launched to enable people to provide financial support to the scheme. To find out more or to become a volunteer, call 07707 260822 or email