Strathcarron Befrienders are carefully selected and trained volunteers who give their time freely to offer social and practical support to people whose feelings of well-being are affected by advancing illness, or by caring for someone with advancing illness.

Strathcarron Befrienders want to know what matters to you, and to support you and those important to you to live your life as enjoyably as possible.

Your Strathcarron Befriender is personally chosen for you, taking consideration of your preferences, interests and locality.

The lady I befriended was brought up in India. I went onto the internet and was able to find photographs of places she knew in her childhood. She has memory problems but I could see she remembered things and she started talking about her memories.

Together we have made up a playlist of her favourite music. Tunes that were special in her life and also songs that she just enjoyed hearing.

We chat about current affairs. People want to talk about my condition, but I want something normal, a bit of a debate so I can exercise my mind.

We planted some patio tubs to bring a little bit of colour – I had a beautiful garden but it’s too much for me now.