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Formby Project Befriending Scheme

The Formby Project Befriending Scheme aims to support older people in the area who may have become isolated or are no longer able to get out and about in the community. Volunteers are matched, where possible, with people who have similar interests. They visit on a regular basis (usually weekly) for an hour or two each week chatting and getting to know the person or enjoying activities together. The project also runs a monthly Coffee Club for people who live alone or who would like to make new friends. The aim is to prevent isolation and encourage people to meet in a safe and welcoming environment.

16 May 2016
Community organisations, Health, Other
Local Alliances:
Sefton DAA

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?

The Formby Project aims to reduce isolation and loneliness by offering companionship and support to people finding it difficult to retain social contacts.  This includes some people with memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia.

Volunteers are offered Dementia Awareness Training so that they have a better understanding of dementia and how they can play their part in making life better for people living with dementia.  They can support people to continue to enjoy hobbies and interests, accompany them to local events or support them in attending medical appointments etc.

The Coffee Club aims to be a welcoming and safe place for people to be accepted and valued for who they are.  Volunteers aim to ensure that all are included in conversation and everyone is able to contribute as they are able.

Information is made available to all involved in the Formby Project about local groups and activities that may be of interest.

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

As the project is largely dependent on volunteers who are available at different times during the week, it is difficult to ensure that everyone is able and willing to attend training.

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2. Actions

  • Provide regular dementia training for all volunteers.

    The Formby Project Steering Group will continue to inform volunteers of all dementia training sessions being provided in the area and encourage them to attend to become a ‘dementia friend’.  Further ‘in-house’ training can be made available if volunteers find the times of public sessions do not suit.


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  • A welcoming and supportive environment at the Coffee Club for those living with dementia

    The Coffee Club is open to anyone, although a particular invitation is given to people who live alone or others who feel they would like to make new friends.  This can include couples or a relative or carer.  It is suitable for people living with dementia and their carer.  A team of volunteers support this initiative to try to ensure that everyone feels included.  Transport can be arranged and there is no charge, although donations are welcome.


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  • Provide information about local events, groups and activities

    The Formby Project Befriending Scheme works closely with Formby Hub who promote and maintain information about all groups in the area for older people.  They arrange regular social events throughout the year which are open to those involved in the befriending scheme who are well enough to attend, along with their befriender.

    The Formby Project has developed good relationships with many other local groups and organisations that can provide other support or stimulation e.g Luncheon Club, Meeting Point, Friends of Alzheimer’s Society.  We signpost people to these, as appropriate.


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