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Top accolade for East Lothian befriending service

Left to right: Georgina Wilkie, Rohina Aslam and Fraser Thomson

Left to right: Georgina Wilkie, Rohina Aslam and Fraser Thomson

Young people in East Lothian, who volunteer in local care homes, have helped a local befriending service scoop a national accolade.

Musselburgh-based STRIVE received a Principles into Practice Award in the care and support of people with dementia category at a Mental Welfare Commission ceremony in Glasgow.

The initiative - a project within Volunteer Development East Lothian - was set up to increase community involvement for older people in care settings and aims to reduce isolation. Groups of young people are supported to volunteer in local care homes where they are involved in a range of activities including singing, dancing, card making and quizzes.

Co-ordinator Myra Waugh said: “We are extremely proud of all the young people who help us deliver such a positive project across East Lothian and of the young people from North Berwick High School and Musselburgh Grammar School who represented us at the national award ceremony. It’s fantastic to have our service and the young peoples’ volunteering recognised in this way.”

 

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