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New Dementia Training Package Sets New Direction for Befriending

09 June 2010

Befriending Network Scotland has just launched Quality of the Moment: Working One-to-One With People With Dementia.

Published in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland with a grant from the Scottish Government, the 120-page Toolkit combines exercises, video clips, photocopiable handouts, case studies and trainers notes and provides organisations with a readymade, off-the-shelf training package that can be used straight away.

Befriending is an important intervention for people with dementia as it offers something other than a clinical approach. It offers clients a human touch, someone to talk to and listen; someone whose role it is to look for the person and not focus on the disease.

The impact of dementia befriending is the quality of the moment rather than the long-term outcome. According to the pack’s author, Susan Gilchrist, “The pack was created in response to the fact that many befriending projects working with older people do not feel properly equipped to provide training on working with clients with dementia. My hope is that Quality of the Moment will give everyone involved in befriending and other forms of one-to-one support the tools they need to prepare their volunteers and staff for the challenges and rewards of this valuable work.”

With prices starting at just £25 for Befriending Network Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland members, and available to order now from www.befriending.co.uk, it is hoped that the pack will be affordable to the many different organizations working, or hoping to work with this client group.

For more information on this article, contact Liz Watson on 0131 261 8799, or email admin@befriending.co.uk.