What are the ingredients which make up a good life? For most of us they include connecting with people and having a sense of purpose.

The restrictions of the last year have made meeting with others very difficult, especially for those who have been shielding.  But during lockdown we saw neighbours finding creative ways to connect and help each other out. We can all play our part.

Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbours are ordinary people who want to help to keep us and our communities connected.

Sometimes that means getting to know a person, finding out what they are interested in and what is important to them, then helping them to find ways to join with others who have similar interests.

Meet Jean. Jean was the head cook at Strathcarron Hospice since it opened in 1981. When she retired in June 2018 she wanted to carry on using her ability to strike up friendships easily and naturally. She joined the Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbours team in the same year and has thoroughly enjoyed making new friends. She has joined her new friends for lunch and shopping in the Thistle Centre and had many laughs along the way. She is pictured here meeting Norman for the first time after getting to know him on the phone during lockdown. Jean and Norman feel like they have known each other for years. They live near each other, and enjoy chatting about the local history and culture. They always have lots to talk about.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbour, or if you know of someone who could use a little help to stay connected, please contact the Compassionate Communities Team on 01324 826222 or email [email protected]. Follow us on Facebook Strathcarron Compassionate Communities.