Dementia Buddies

People with dementia are often harder to find volunteer befrienders. We are looking for volunteers to spend time with people with various stages of dementia who would like some company during the day.

Our Befrienders are volunteers who offer social contact to people with Dementia and/or family carers of people with Dementia (Befriendees). It is a free service designed to alleviate loneliness caused by isolation, and will provide companionship in their home or to take part in appropriate social and recreational activities.


Many Befriending Schemes will mean just one Befriender entering the home of a person with Dementia and their carer.

Having a team of two Befrienders means that both the person with Dementia and their carer can be supported, there is a second person on hand to assist and the Safeguarding for all parties is increased.
You will therefore be ‘matched’ with another Befriender to ensure that you can work together well and can be available at the same times.



 Volunteers will be matched with a cared-for person who has dementia and will visit them in their home or take them out in the local area for 2 hours on a regular basis. This valuable service will provide carers in your community with a break from their responsibilities, whilst giving the cared for person the chance to befriend someone new and engage with shared interests.

Some people are worried they don't have the skills, or that their client is not benefiting from the visits. Even people with severe dementia can feel the positive emotional effects of social interaction for hours after the memory of the visit has gone.


Our Befrienders will spend quality time with the matched client on a regular basis, we would ask you to commit to an agreed number of hours each week or fortnight, usually the same day and time with your befriending volunteer partner and the Befriendees. Ideally you would be able to view this as a long-term friendship as this is important for people with Dementia who do not respond well to change, so a minimum of 6 months would be desirable.

 

Social Activities

You will both provide agreed opportunities to participate in social activities such as
• A visit to a garden centre for refreshments
• A leisurely walk
• A trip to make a special purchase (buying a greetings card or present for family
or a friend)
• Activities at home (board games, cards, puzzles)

 

If you feel that you could visit someone with issues such as memory loss and confusion, or even in some more specific cases, lower levels of verbal communication or hallucinations, we would love to hear from you!

 

You will not be required or encouraged to provide any form of personal care for the client or their carer. 




Skills

What we are looking for: 

- good listening and communication skills

- friendly attitude and non-judgement approach 

- can give two references 

- happy to have DBS (criminal records) check

- trustworthy and reliable 

- 2hrs a week 



Details

  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
  • Will require references

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/04/2022

End Date: 01/04/2023

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