The Befriending Scheme matches the adults up with a volunteer; they meet on a regular basis for a couple of hours a week.
The volunteer is fully trained, supervised and vetted; they both take part in activities that they would enjoy together.
It is about building friendships, forging relations with other members and their befriender, sharing old experiences, gaining new ones and learning to enjoy life all over again.
We aim to dispel loneliness and isolation felt by both members and their parents/carers through linking them to others and their local community. The project allows us to gain knowledge about all aspects of the transitions that older adults are going through, empowering both them and their parents/carers to grow in confidence and bring about change in their lives.
Through linking with others, providing professional advice and knowledge, we also aim to increase the awareness of ageing and it consequences for people with Down’s syndrome and help improve mental and physical good health within the project.
The Befriending scheme is particular beneficial to those in more rural and hard to reach places and those whose parents/ carers are no longer able to travel into the local towns or cities to attend social activities.