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Voluntary Action Shetland

Voluntary Action Shetland was awarded £84,000 for the period of October 2015 to September 2020. 

Voluntary Action Shetland offers a one to one befriending service Shetland-wide to support people living with dementia.

Their aim is to recruit people from the local community who will be trained as volunteer befrienders. Volunteers are matched with someone with a diagnosis of dementia, and together they take part in a range of purposeful activities in the local community. This enables the carer to have a break from their caring role to do something for themselves, increasing well-being through supported participation in activities chosen by the person living with dementia.

Meetings are carefully tailored to each individual’s needs and goals, though these may be as simple as re-connecting with a relative they have not seen in years, or taking up an old hobby again. The befrienders will help to positively motivate and encourage the person living with dementia to engage in activities, while at the same time supporting them to confidently make decisions for themselves, at their own pace.

For each person accessing the service, they will have someone who listens to them and understands them, they will feel less lonely and more positive about life and have an increased sense of well-being through supported participation in activities. Each person with dementia will feel safe, valued and respected and confident to do the things that matter to them.

Read more about Voluntary Actions Shetland Befriending Project