Edinburgh support group helps fight loneliness

Dunedin Canmore tenants are getting help to battle loneliness thanks to an Edinburgh support group.

Barony drop in centre

Tenants enjoyed cake and conversation at a tea party held at Barony’s Contact Point in the capital.

The event was put on to encourage people who were feeling lonely to get out of the house and meet others for a blether and a cup of tea or coffee.

Dunedin Canmore tenant, and first time visitor to the centre, Brian Barnes, said: “It’s great to get out of the house and meet people.

"I’ve exchanged numbers with folk here and we’re going to meet up. I’m also interested in the swimming and walking activities.

“It can get depressing and lonely sitting in the house on your own. Going online on Facebook isn’t the same as seeing people face-to-face. Here you can get to know each other by having a chat."

Dunedin Canmore’s sister organisation Barony runs three drop-in centres in Edinburgh and Fife that offer social and practical support to vulnerable people.

Housing Officer Nadia Winnick said: “Joint working with Barony has been great. To be able to put something on like this for our customers and offer them the services and activities available at Contact Point is brilliant.

“We know some of our tenants don’t get out of the house much and we want to help address loneliness and isolation."

Friday, August 17, 2018