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Befriender Training Workshop in Annandale & Eskdale

A befriender training workshop was held in Annan recently for some old and new volunteers to keep them up to date on the role and service. This is a key requirement under the Quality in Befriending scheme that we have accreditation in. Thanks to all who attended.  


Mid/Upper Nithsdale Friends at Heathhall Garden Centre

Our Friends members from Mid/Upper Nithsdale enjoyed a lovely trip to Heathhall Garden Centre (and Pat's Pantry) in the April sunshine this week and had a lovely lunch, good chat and time for shopping. Great fun! 


Rural Stirling Housing Association donates £1500 towards a new van.

An enormous thank you to Rural Stirling Housing Association for the very genrous donation of £1500 which will go towards the purchase of a new van. We have been fundraising for a new van which will help us to sustain our essential service and continue to reach as many vulnerable older people as possible througout Stirlingshire. Pictured below is Tommy Buick (volunteer), Fran Thow (Regional Manager), Mark Griffiths (Vice Chair Rural Stirling Housing Association) and Pat McPake (volunteer).  We have a bag pack planned for Saturday 7th of April 12-3pm in Sainsburys (Drip Road) and we have an army of volunteers giving up their Saturday to help us! Please come along and show your support, many thanks to the dedicated volunteers giving up their time to raise much needed funds.

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Food Train Friends Fun and Chat in Dalbeattie

Our new Stewartry Friends branch held a fun get together in Dalbeattie recently where a few new members were in attendance for the first time, as were our friends from Stewartry Care. We had a TV Theme Tune quiz (won by Carol's team) and a game of Play Your Cards Right (no Bruce) for Easter Eggs and the famous Food Train Speedboat. If you are interesting in coming along as a member (age 65+) or a volunteer helper, please call Isobel or Shelley in our Stewartry office on 01556 288427 or email

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