Our small team of 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 support worker and the volunteer a range of relevant and appropriate activities that 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 the Memory Navigation Service on 0300 111 9090, 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?