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What is the Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service

Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service aims to improve the quality of life of people with dementia both in the community and those in a long term care setting (such as residential or nursing care). We would visit someone on a regular basis to provide befriending and encouragement for social activity, as well as help people to maintain some of their prior interests.

We aim to be flexible in our approach, wherever possible working from the perspective of the person with dementia to meet their needs - whether this be helping someone to go out for a while or simply to sit with them and share memories and interests.

Is there someone you might think benefit from befriending?

Dementia can be tremendously isolating - both for the person who has the illness and for his orhercarer(s). Befriending can be a means of social and emotional supportand reducing this isolation, as well as provide:

  • an opportunity to share a hobby, an activity and reminiscence
  • an interest in someone's life history
  • the opportunity for company to play games (i.e. cards, word games)
  • a walk in the garden
  • or a trip to the shops

Volunteering with Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service

Volunteering as abefriender can be a very rewarding experience. The volunteer often feels thatthey are truly making a difference to someone’s life. We are lookingfor people who wish to become involved in this new project and are prepared to committheir time on a regular basis.

We do not expect you to be an expert in dementia but do ask you be prepared to use your life experience and interest in others to make that difference. In return for this, Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service commits to:

  • training you for your volunteering
  • provide ongoing support
  • reasonable traveland out of pocket expenses
  • the chance to improve the quality of someone’s life
  • developing your skills

For further information and referrals:

Jodie, Project Manager