Loneliness help scheme wins award

A volunteer working for a Scottish scheme under which doctors can
“prescribe” volunteers to their older people in order to combat
isolation has won an award.

The scheme is run by Community Service Volunteers and involves
retired and senior volunteers working to prevent loneliness among
older people. The “prescribed” volunteers also encourage older
people to themselves become volunteers.

Anne Marie Kennedy, the organiser of the project in Barrhead and
Neilston, west Scotland, was presented with the Bob Scott Brown
memorial award by the Institute of Healthcare Management for her
“outstanding” work.

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