Befriender

  • VO63907


Description

Many people with dementia can often feel isolated and lonely. As a befriender, you can help to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia in the following ways:

  • Provide more opportunities for social contact and companionship
  • Boost people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Support people to build relationships with others
  • Motivate people to take up old hobbies and interests again, or develop new ones
  • Encourage people to take part in local groups and activities

You will be matched with a person living in your area with similar interests and life experiences. You will engage with your befriendee in their own home through reminiscence activities and life story work.

Organisation aims and objectives

Alzheimers Scotland is leading specialist demeneia charity and works to improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia. We provide information and support and a network of services and support groups from more than 60 sites around Scotland. We also campaign to improve public policies and services for people with dementia and their carers.

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2 hours per week. Mon - Fri. Min commitment: 3 month

Restrictions

Volunteers must be 18yrs or over. PVG Check will be required.
Experience required: No experience is necessary as full training and ongoing support will be provided for this role. However, we are looking for people who are patient, caring, understanding and can relate well to people who may have memory or communication difficulties. If you are passionate about supporting people with dementia to live a fuller and more active life in their communities then we want to hear from you!
Travel details: Throughout South and North Lanarkshire.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are reimbursed monthly.
Training details: Alzheimer Scotland values and principles; understanding dementia; equality and diversity; communication and behaviour; Adult Support and Protection; confidentiality and ethics; Health and Safety; engaging with carers; reminiscence and life story work; on-going one to one and group support.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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