Based in Glasgow, The No1 Be-friending Agency is a community interest company which provides a one-to-one ‘be-friending’ service, as well as providing personal and social support both at home and in the community.
No 1 was formed in September 2016 by a number of care professionals who frequently experienced in their line of work that many of the older adults they cared for longed for some meaningful interaction, in addition to the simple mechanical acts of the care service they received.
Older people can be especially vulnerable to feeling lonely as often they have a very limited number of social interaction in a week, mostly due to mobility issues. To try to tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation, No 1 has developed a be-friending service, where trained volunteers visit isolated older people and spend some time with them to have a wee chatter alongside a cup of tea.
No1’s social companionship service is tailored towards the individual’s needs, whether it be someone to share a cup of tea with or to provide personal reassurance, and is offered free of charge – thanks to a well-developed pool of volunteers.
Its other services largely revolve around domestic care – providing support with personal care in the home including meal planning and preparation, housework, laundry, shopping assistance or the collection of prescriptions. They can also help with the care of pets, where required.
No1 also facilitates regular social outings for like-minded peer groups, assistance in attending religious services, trips to libraries, shops, appointments, hairdressers and more.
Designed to allow people the flexibility to enjoy a holiday, No1 will provide a holiday care scheme, where a care assistant will be provided to afford an individual or family the same service on holiday that they would receive at home.
A respite care service can also be provided by No1, designed to allow regular carers a well-earned break without the disruption of a quality care service.
Where required, No1 can also offer an affordable alternative to residential care or nursing home admission with a full live-in care service.
For more information, see:
The No1 Be-friending Agency
1 Cadogan Square
51 Cadogan Street
Tel: 0141 465 6998