Charity appeal for volunteer befrienders

The Alzheimer's Society team who are appealing for befrienders.
The Alzheimer's Society team who are appealing for befrienders.

A south east Northumberland charity is on the look out for befrienders to help people with dementia .

The Alzheimer’s Society team are launching the befriending service for people with dementia in Blyth and the surrounding area.

The Northumberland based team are hoping that people from all walks of life will come forward and volunteer to support people with dementia to continue living well.

A volunteer could become a gardening buddy, a running chum, a bake mate or simply pop round for a cup of tea.

Volunteers will be trained and supported in their befriending activities by community support managers Jenny Keech, Jo Scott, and Elizabeth Howliston and volunteering officer Suzanne Johnstone.

Jenny said: “Nowadays everyone seems to know someone who is affected by dementia and our befriending volunteers will be well supported to make sure that they enjoy helping people with dementia to enjoy life to the full.

“This service will ensure that we take a big step forward in the way people with dementia live well within our communities. It is a very positive and rewarding experience to offer companionship to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

“Getting out and about with a supportive volunteer is not only good for self-confidence and self-esteem but is also great for general well-being.”

Anyone who would like to tolunteer can call Suzanne at the Alzheimer’s Society Befriending team on (01670) 511159.