Quarriers Dementia Befriending Service
Quarriers Dementia Befriending Service was awarded £105,000 in October 2015 to run until September 2020.
This befriending service supports people with mild to moderate dementia by matching each one with a volunteer befriender in Largs, North Ayrshire and the Three Towns areas.
The project aims to provide companionship and encouragement to people with dementia, using befriending as a means of reducing isolation and helping them to stay as mentally and physically active as possible. It will also support people with mild to moderate dementia to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible, while providing extra support for full time family carers.
The befriender provides the person with dementia with companionship by visiting them in their home regularly, on average weekly for up to two hours. In addition the befriender encourages the person with dementia to stay as mentally and as physically active as possible with the aim of supporting the person to stay in their homes for as long as possible. This includes the befriender supporting the person to feel confident enough to go outside their home by accompanying them, for example, to go for a coffee, a walk, to a football match or lunch club. The emphasis is on doing what the person with dementia enjoys doing.
This project will benefit people with dementia by including them in meaningful activities relating to individual interests and abilities and this will increase the confidence of individuals to do things that are important to them. Befriending can also reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, and participation in therapeutic and recreational activities will also improve mental and physical well-being.