Mental Health charity appeals for volunteers

Pippa Stokes has volunteered with MHA for the last two years
Pippa Stokes has volunteered with MHA for the last two years

A leading north-east charity is on the lookout for volunteers who can help make a difference to the lives of individuals.

Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) has launched an appeal for new faces to join its pool of befrienders in Peterhead and central Buchan.

Pippa Stokes, of Sandhaven, has volunteered with MHA at its Companions Befriending Service for the past two years.

She said: “Volunteering makes me feel great. I love that I am doing something that helps someone else, and I am learning new skills as I go along, as well as broadening my horizons.”

A committed network of befriending volunteers has served the north-east through MHA for a number of years but the charity is working to expand the service.

Full training is provided to all volunteers, who must be aged 18 and over, and the next induction training course will begin in July.

Flora Todd, manager of the MHA Companions befriending scheme, said: “Our volunteers help in a variety of ways, from providing a listening ear to support in attending local activities and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

For more details contact Flora Todd on 01779 470122 or visit