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Haven Centre Befriending at Home for Families


The Haven Centre was awarded £93,000, to run from October 2015 to September 2020.

The ‘Haven@Home Volunteer Befriending’ initiative in Lanarkshire transforms the way support is delivered to families affected by dementia through an alternative volunteer befriending service. Unlike traditional befriending services, this initiative aims to be as flexible to the person with dementia or their carer as possible by delivering the service at home.

The service provides complementary therapies such as short respite breaks at home for families affected by dementia to boost mental and physical wellbeing. The therapy sessions aim to improve emotional health and wellbeing and reduce stress so that people with dementia and their carers are more able to cope with illness and caring.

This alternative way of delivering support aims to augment the role of the volunteer befriender. Not only will families feel less overwhelmed and isolated by having someone to talk to and confide in, they will also receive the benefit of short respite breaks at home through planned complementary therapy sessions, aiming to improve emotional health and wellbeing so that people with dementia and their carers are more able to cope with illness and caring.

Read more about the Haven Centre’s dementia support