Do you have a passion for football and a desire to help people in your local community become socially active? If so, Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) Highland wants to hear from you.
RCOP Highland are working in partnership with Ross County Football Club and the Black Isle Community Care Scheme (BICCS) to help older, isolated individuals in Dingwall and the Black Isle attend the Staggies’ home matches in a bid to improve their level of social interaction.
And they are looking for volunteers to help assist these individuals attend games at the Global Energy Stadium.
Tray Shaw, RCOP Mid Ross community networker, said: “The aim of the football buddies programme is to target individuals from Dingwall and the Black Isle who have an interest in football but for whatever reason, they are no longer able to attend games.”
“The benefits of social interaction are well documented and it is anticipated that the mental health and wellbeing of those attending will also improve. We are looking for volunteer drivers or buddies who are willing to attend the match with those people who are looking to get back to the games.
“Ross County will provide free tickets to both the attendees and the buddies, with the Black Isle community car scheme offering transport for a small charge.”
“We are looking to start the pilot at the end of February and any interested parties, both attendees and helpers, should contact me on 0754950401 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .”