East Dunbartonshire Befrienders’ award success

Jo has met and congratulated staff and befrienders from Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire, following the centre’s success in recent regional and national befriending awards.

Jo met befriender Alexis Higgins after VCED’s Befriending Service gained the runner-up award in December’s national Supporting Life’s Journeys Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010.

VCED has also become the Scottish Representative in the Befriending Project Recognition Awards.

The Befriending Service at VCED has helped over 300 ‘befriendees’ since its introduction in 1999. Through matching volunteers with often elderly and vulnerable people, the service aims to improve befriendees’ quality of life, prevent social isolation and protect them within the community.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Congratulations to Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire on their success. The work of the Befriending Service, providing that vital link and contact for to people in need, has undoubtedly has brought life-changing enjoyment and support to many.

“I hope these awards will raise awareness of the value that befriending can have in the East Dunbartonshire community.”

More information on Supporting Life’s Journeys is available online:


 More information on Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire and the Befriending Service is also available at:


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