Baccy Buddies being sought to help quitters

A project set up to provide support to adults trying to give up smoking in outer rural Marr is seeking volunteer ex-smokers in Deeside and Donside.

The Tobacco Buddy project, also known as the Baccy Buddy project, is run by CVSA and will aim to be as broad and as flexible as possible in order to best establish the most effective ways to decrease smoking prevalence in rural Aberdeenshire through support in the community.

The backbone of the scheme will be volunteer ex-smokers, known as Baccy Buddies, giving informal distance support to current stoppers - volunteers will be trained in basic befriending skills.

The project will also look to provide opportunities where stoppers accessing formal support could be matched to provide additional support to each other in a befriending type relationship.

Other mutual support mechanisms will include local social media and informal support groups, which could have an element of diversionary activities.

The project will work closely with the NHS and other community groups and look to signpost users to established services.

Anyone who thinks they might like to get involved, as a current or ex-smoker, can contact Roisin at: roisin.daly@cvsa.co.uk or on (01330) 825027.