Alzheimer Scotland services in Glasgow and Lanarkshire in £210,000 funding windfall
Two projects run by Alzheimer Scotland have been given £210,000 funding to provide befriending services to people who have dementia.
The first project is Alzheimer Scotland’s ‘Forget me Not’ service, based in Glasgow. Forget Me Not was set up in 2008 to recruit and train volunteers to befriend people with dementia who are living in care homes or are in long term hospital care. The purpose of the project is to provide people with dementia regular, consistent contact with a befriender, to give them companionship and to help improve their mental, physical and social well-being.
The second Alzheimer Scotland project is a new volunteer Buddying scheme for people with dementia in Lanarkshire. 10,000 people with dementia live in Lanarkshire, which is 11% of all people with dementia in Scotland. This funding will provide reminiscence therapy sessions from trained volunteer befrienders, to people at all stages of the dementia journey, within their own homes. The sessions can cover a broad range of reminiscence subjects, from sport and local heritage to working life or cultural changes, and are tailored specifically to each individual.