Fife Carers centre volunteers provide regular befriending to carers across Fife who are socially isolated, feeling lonely or just in need of someone to talk to or listen. Volunteers are people who do not necessarily have plenty of time to spare, they have the heart. Very often they have had similar experience in caring roles or faced other life challenges; they appreciate the stress and anxiety caring role can cause and find it rewarding to be able to help someone who frequently can’t speak to family or friends.
When it was still possible, they enjoyed face to face meetings and different activities together before pandemic; now it is limited to telephone and video calls as well as frequent messages.
Both, carers and volunteers, find it particularly important to continue their befriending relationships at these challenging times when many of us feel anxious and lonely.
Use of modern technology has never been that popular before; some volunteers and carers have been that desperate to see one another they have specially learned to use video communicators for the first time in their lives!