Telephone befriending has been a vital service for the community of Angus especially during lockdown. Our befriender co-ordinators currently support all befrienders and also ensures that befrienders and befriendees are suitably matched based on common interests etc. At the moment, VAA currently has 125 befriender volunteers. These volunteers support over 200 people each week by calling them, having a chat and ensuring they are well and managing. Those who receive telephone befriending benefit immensely from the service.