Quarriers officially launched its new Dementia Befriending Service on Monday 14 March 2016.
This service was made possible with support from the Life Changes Trust, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The service will provide people with dementia in Largs and the Three Towns area of North Ayrshire with a volunteer befriender.
Over a five year period, the service will gradually expand to cover the whole of North Ayrshire. The service aims to provide companionship and encouragement to people with dementia, using befriending as a means of reducing isolation and helping them stay as mentally and physically active as possible. It will also support people with mild to moderate dementia to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible and provide extra support for full time family carers.
Alice Drife, Quarriers Chief Executive said “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Life Changes Trust. This is a very exciting opportunity for the Quarriers to establish and deliver a much-needed service for people with dementia. Volunteer befrienders can offer consistent and meaningful relationships for a person with dementia, out-with their immediate circle of care.
“Befrienders also provide encouragement to people with dementia to have more confidence in what they can do, rather than concentrating on what they can’t do – thereby reducing isolation and helping people stay as mentally and physically active as possible.”
Quarriers welcomes Yvette Cuthbertson to the post of Volunteer Co-ordinator.
For more information on the service, and how to refer, please contact the Dementia Befriending Service Coordinator directly on 07812 228 447 or email [email protected]. Referrals are accepted from a range of sources including GPs, adult health and community services, dementia community teams, other voluntarily or independent organisations as well as self referral.