Befriending Lewis, which works to tackle loneliness and social isolation in our community, will be attempting to build a Mile Of Pennies this month!
The group invites you to come along to Tesco in Stornoway on Saturday 14th July to help them achieve this. Befriending Lewis staff and volunteers will be at the store from 8am – 10pm, asking everyone to contribute at least one penny towards the target.
If they can complete a mile with pennies, they will raise around £800 and with donations of larger value coins they could raise up to £20,000!
And if you don’t carry cash, that’s ok - they can take debit/credit card donations and add the coins for you!
Befriending Lewis receive their main funding from the Big Lottery and are additionally funded by The Corra Foundation, Horshader Development Trust, Third Sector Hebrides, the Muaithheabhal Trust and the Robertson Trust.
They also rely heavily on donations and fundraising for additional funds to enable them to provide the wide range of services that they offer to people suffering from loneliness and isolation.
Befriending Lewis currently support about sixty one-to-one befriending relationships and have another dozen matches currently being established. Over 100 people are supported through the group befriending programme which offers monthly activities such as Fish’n Chips lunches, activity/games/craft sessions, minibus trips around the island, music and movement sessions, fishing trips and anything that folk might enjoy!
Recent evaluations identified that people involved with Befriending Lewis felt that the service had significantly impacted their lives – with 97.5% of people saying that they felt less lonely and isolated because of their involvement with the project – many stating that it was “a lifeline” to them.
Beneficiaries of Befriending Lewis may be any age from 18+ and their loneliness or social isolation may stem from any number of reasons: geographical isolation, physical or mental health problems, disability, bereavement. To support the service, please come along to Tesco and bring your spare pennies to help them achieve that mile!
Befriending Lewis have a fantastic pool of motivated volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life , which allows them to make the befriending matches that can make all the difference to people’s lives.