Thousands of veterans looking for a friend

A befriender can make a difference in a veteran's life
A befriender can make a difference in a veteran's life
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Around 2200 veterans made an appeal to find a friend last year.

Charity Legion Scotland say ex-servicemen and women contacted them looking for a befriender to help them tackle isolation and loneliness.

Almost 60 people in the last month have approached the charity, interested in making a difference in veterans’ lives.

But, due to the high demand, the charity says it hopes more will come forward to help, particularly during National Volunteer’s Week which runs until June 12.

Stephen Baird, head of wellbeing at Legion Scotland said: “We are thrilled that so many people are interested in becoming befrienders but the figures from last year show that we need more.

“Our befriending service is simple but highly effective and makes a real difference to the lives and wellbeing of our veterans.

“During National Volunteers Week, we hope that this message can inspire even more people to contact us to find out more about the role.”

Local Legion Scotland befrienders receive full training and are asked to give a minimum of two hours a week of their time visiting a veteran, many of whom have no one else to talk to, and also signpost them to other services that can help.

Ideally, volunteers will have a military connection whether it be personal or through family and friends.

To find out more, visit www.legionscotland.org.uk.