Lady drinking teaThe Dementia Befriending Service works with volunteer befrienders who visit socially isolated older people with dementia or memory impairment.

Regular visits can make a difference in many ways, from helping someone continue with a much-loved hobby, to providing a connection with the local community, and the social interaction increases the older person’s wellbeing and sense of self. Befrienders can also help people maintain their independence by helping them carry out practical tasks.

 

Volunteers for the befriending service undergo DBS (criminal record) checks and ‘befriendees’ are carefully matched with people they are likely to have the most in common with. The two are introduced slowly by the befriending co-ordinator before being left to meet up independently, and support is always on hand when needed.

 

“I met my mother's befriender recently. She is a lovely woman and she has built up a great relationship with mum. There is genuine affection between the two of them, which is lovely to see. Thank you for making such a good match!”
Daughter of member


If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about visits from dementia befrienders, please contact our Dementia Befriending Coordinator.


Email: Dementia.Wellbeing@ageukcamden.org.uk

Phone: 020 7239 0400

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender with the service, contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

 

Email: volunteer@ageukcamden.org.uk

Phone: 020 7239 0400