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The Link Visiting Scheme

We are a befriending organisation for the socially isolated focusing on the elderly but including those in our community of all ages that may struggle with loneliness. We provide friendship and support through one to one visiting. We see the value of focused time and attention and the benefits they bring to our health and well-being. We sign-post our service users to other organisations and services. We provide group activities, outings and events all with the aim of promoting friendship and combating feelings of isolation.

Updated:
22 September 2020
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Worthing Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We recognise that dementia can cause people to retreat from social situations. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Loneliness can cause you to feel depressed and lacking in confidence . We aim to promote friendship and provide opportunities for people to increase their social circle in a safe and welcoming environment. We help our service users to decide what support would suit them best within our organisation. We will treat all our service users with respect and dignity and help them to access other services and organisations in their local area that will benefit them. We will ensure that all our volunteers have opportunities to learn more about dementia and how to communicate well with people living with dementia. Our organisation is part of the Dementia Action Alliance working with other organisations to promote well being among those with dementia. Some staff are Dementia Champions and we promote the Dementia Friends initiative in our community. We are part of the Dementia Forum in Wokingham Borough.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our challenge is having sufficient funding to provide adequate staff hours to support volunteers and our service users to access our service and services in our community.

2. Actions

  • Supporting the Wokingham Borough DAA

    • Supporting the Wokingham Borough DAA and participating in the steering committee
    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • Awareness raising and staff and volunteers to become Dementia Friends

    • Raise awareness of dementia among our volunteers and encourage as many as possible to complete the dementia friends sessions.
    Status:

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • Offer a bespoke befriending service

    • Adapt our befriending service to accommodate the needs of those living with dementia to ensure they can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. 
    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.