Generous shoppers boost Companions scheme

ASDA Peterhead
ASDA Peterhead

Generous Buchan shoppers and shop staff have helped support the work of a local mental health charity by donating more than £1,350 during a series of fundraisers.

Volunteers from the Companions befriending scheme, which is part of Mental Health Aberdeen, took part in a bag pack at the Asda store in Peterhead and raised £697.

The organisation has also been supported by the Factory Shop in Fraserburgh, with £324 raised by staff as part of the store’s Make a Difference in your Community campaign.

The shop had already contributed £355 to Companions by supporting its festive raffle.

The donations have been used to help run the Companions project in the two towns as well as in the Banff and Turriff areas.

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships to people who would otherwise be socially isolated.

Flora Todd, manager of Companions, said: “Our trained befriending volunteers are a valuable part of the support network for a range of people facing many different mental health challenges.

“The aim is to encourage positive outcomes and counter the isolation which only compounds many of the issues faced by those who benefit from the service.

“We’re committed to providing the service throughout the areas we serve and to do that we rely on fundraising activity and donations.

“The generous support of the shoppers in Fraserburgh and Peterhead was really appreciated and the money raised will be put to good use by Companions.”

The befriending scheme is just one of a range of resources provided by the charity, which is active in towns including Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Banff and Turriff. Resources include: emotional and practical support; information and advice; support with helping overcoming social isolation; links and access to other community resources; activities promoting mental wellbeing.

MHA was founded in 1950 and provides support services, counselling and advice to people affected by challenges related to mental health and wellbeing.

Services are available for children from the age of 12 and adults.