Alzheimer Scotland

The befriending service aims to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia by reducing loneliness and social isolation. Our Befriending Volunteers offer companionship on a regular basis. The aim of this relationship is to boost confidence, encourage participation in hobbies and interests and maintain connections within the local community. The purpose of befriending is to socialise with the person living with dementia and engage in activities they enjoy. The Befriending Volunteer is not responsible for and will not carry out personal care, administration of medicines, banking or housework.

Information for volunteers

Our volunteers are provided with ongoing training, advice and information on our local services. They get to know someone living with dementia and their carer on a one-to-one basis. Providing activities in the person’s home or out in their community as agreed with their carer. Enabling people living with dementia to stay connected with people and places important to them, utilising digital platforms where suitable. Helping the person living with dementia and their carer to remain supported by Alzheimer Scotland by calling/visiting regularly. Keeping in regular contact with the locality team and reporting to them, so they feel part of the team.


Lorna Shand
Alzheimer Scotland
160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ

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