£105,000 funding boost for Shetland dementia befriending scheme
A new befriending scheme for people with dementia in Shetland is the latest recipient of a funding award from the Life Changes Trust.
The one to one befriending project, delivered by charity Voluntary Action Shetland is receiving a funding boost of £105,000.
The new scheme will match people with dementia with local volunteers, encouraging those who might otherwise experience loneliness or isolation to actively participate in their local community.
It is hoped these meaningful relationships will boost the well-being and confidence of those who are befriended. The friendships will focus on the person with dementia’s needs and goals, though may be as simple as helping someone re-connect with a relative they have not seen in years, or take up an old hobby again.