Dementia Friendship Scheme
Lead service provider/commissioner
Age UK Coventry
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Prevention service description
Specially trained volunteers visit clients once a week for a minimum of two hours and can either spend time in the home or accompany the older person to an activity. Clients choose what they would like to do with the time, and activities include anything from tea and chat; to attending a friendship group or craft activity; to going to lunch or for a walk; to doing some baking. The overall aim of the scheme is to support people to live well with dementia.
Referrals are received from a variety of sources including older people and family members, as well as Alzheimer’s Society, local Memory Services team; Social Services and other teams at Age UK Coventry.
Befriending, mentoring and peer support
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