Managed by: Cowal Elderly Befriending Scheme
Cowal Elderly Befriending Scheme provides a range of services that improve the quality of life for isolated older people, encouraging them to remain active in the community by providing support and transport to enable them to access local services, social and leisure opportunities, and maintain contact with family and friends. These activities help to improve mental and physical health by offering increased social interaction and the opportunity to participate in regular gentle exercise.
It has been established through a pilot project that an Information Service - Drop In and Rural Outreach - is needed to maximise uptake of benefits, services and entitlements. It has also been established that the project is needed in the outlying rural areas of the Cowal peninsula where elderly people can be very isolated and have little or no access to services. The project represents the needs of the elderly on a range of networks and partnerships and LEADER funding would allow provision of these services through increased staff activity.