Befriending Scheme - Alzheimer's Society Northamptonshire
|Author: Wendy Homan||Published: 1st February 2010 17:15|
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support services and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them.
There are 700,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025.
Alzheimer’s Society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
How does a befriending service help?
When a person is diagnosed with dementia, it is likely to have an impact on some of their abilities but there will still be lots that the person can enjoy doing, both individually and with others.
Maintaining existing skill and interests, as far as possible, can give the person pleasure and boost their confidence. For this reason, it is important to help them find activities that they enjoy doing, and to continually adapt them to meet the person’s changing interests and needs, throughout the illness.
Many beneficial activities and interests of the person with dementia, the volunteer is able to follow their own interest too. Keeping occupied and stimulated can improve quality of life for the person with dementia as well as those around them.
The success of our Befriending Scheme is down to out team of volunteers and staff working in partnership. The commitment and passion of our volunteers mean that people with dementia can be supported in accessing their community or pursuing a hobby or interest for as long as possible.
We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to volunteer your time and make a real difference to people affected by dementia in Northamptonshire.
If you could offer a couple of hours on a regular basis, we would love to hear from you.
For more information please contact:
Wendy Homan, Befriending Manager, Alzheimer’s Society Northamptonshire, Unit 5B, Cottage Farm, Sywell, Northants, NN6 0BJ
Mobile: 07850 929662 email@example.com