Volunteer Dundee has been successful in gaining £125,000 of funding as part of a £2 million Big Lottery Fund cash boost for Scottish community projects.

The cash will help to expand Volunteer Dundee’s existing projects which are helping to tackle loneliness in the local community. The projects cover both telephone and face-to-face befriending, carried out by a team of trained volunteers, recruited and supported by Volunteer Dundee. ‘Morning Call’, ‘Blether Buddies’, ‘Sources of Support’ and DIAL OP are all designed to facilitate meaningful contact between volunteers and individuals in the local community, in an effort to alleviate loneliness.

Volunteer Dundee’s Chief Executive Eric Knox said:
We are absolutely delighted that the Big Lottery are again giving their support to vulnerable people in Dundee. Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership have supported getting these services established over the last few years. With their continuing support and this new Lottery funding we are hoping to reach over 350 people supported by 40 volunteers.”

A bond of genuine warmth forms between these individuals… [involved in the projects]. It’s about reaching out, making that contact and building up a relationship. It’s all about being a caring community.”

The news comes as headlines about the growing problem of loneliness among both young and old continue to dominate the media; concerns over the prominence of loneliness in Scotland has prompted the Scottish Government to launch a consultation on how best to tackle loneliness.

You can read more about Volunteer Dundee’s news here

The Projects

DIAL-OP is an information helpline, available to anyone in the Dundee area, and helps to keep the people of Dundee informed, connected, safe and valued members of the local community. 

The Blether Buddies project offers friendship to isolated and lonely people in Dundee.  Weekly calls of around thirty minutes are provided by trained volunteers to help alleviate loneliness. 

Morning Call is a free outreach telephone service that aims to provide reassurance and connectivity to people who are vulnerable or isolated. Volunteers offer a short, scheduled, morning call to check on people’s well-being and welfare. 

Find out more about Volunteer Dundee’s projects here