A charity that tackles social isolation and promotes wellbeing of adults in Formby has received a grant from Community Link Foundation to help meet the increased demand for the service.
Formby Befriending Scheme offers a free service matching trained volunteers with isolated and lonely residents in Formby, Hightown and Ince Blundell.
They currently have 37 friends who are contacted weekly on a one-to-one basis and another 22 people are on the waiting list. Many are living with dementia or other mental health issues which have been worsened by the pandemic.
During the last 18 months they have organised shopping trips and prescription collections and deliveries for an extra 25 people. They have also kept in touch with people through phone calls, zoom meetings and surprise gifts, to avoid them feeling isolated.
The organisation which has 43 volunteers, six Trustees and 3 ...