Our small team of 24 volunteers can provide a dementia befriending service for you and the person you care for with dementia. This can help to reduce isolation and provide you with a regular short break
What is this service?
If you are registered with Carers in Bedfordshire and live with someone who has dementia, we may have a trained volunteer who can visit regularly. This service is free of charge.
Visits will usually be weekly for two hours on a Monday – Friday between 9.00am 5.00pm. The same volunteer will visit each week and most volunteer befrienders only visit one family - really building up rapport and trust with each other.
You and the person you care for will agree together with the service coordinator and the volunteer a range of relevant and appropriate activities can be done at each visit.
The day, time and duration of the visit will be agreed by you and the volunteer.
How can a visit help?
- For you to take a short break within the house, to read, relax, do some gardening etc
- For the volunteer to spend time with the person with dementia and do fun activities such as playing board games, listening to music, light housework as a meaningful activity, reading aloud
- For you to spend time together with the volunteer and your loved one, to reduce loneliness
- For you to go out to do something for yourself, if appropriate
- The visit may also include short trips out with the volunteer such as visits to garden centres, afternoon tea or shopping
How can I access this service?
By contacting Carers in Bedfordshire on 0300 111 1919, to register interest. Alternatively if you are in regular contact with a support worker, the service may be suggested. Please be aware that we are very limited to the availability and location of volunteers.
What is not provided?
- Any aspect of personal care
- Emergency respite
- Manual handling and lifting – including wheelchair use
- Any help with medication
Would you like to volunteer as a dementia befriender?