New service to help people with dementia in Rugby

Joan and Frank Timms
Joan and Frank Timms

Two charities are working together to trial a new service for people in Rugby living with dementia and their care givers.

Rugby Dementia Support Group and Age UK Warwickshire are offering a Befriending service to older people living with dementia, and their care givers, who are unable to get to the group sessions for support.

A six-month pilot of the project called Rugby Forget-Me-Not Friends is scheduled to run this month.

Rugby couple Joan and Frank Timms have benefited from the group’s services.

Joan said: “We would recommend anyone who is feeling left out and on their own to use the service, which will benefit the person with memory problems and their carer in their own home.”

Nikki Gill, county befriending co-ordinator for Age UK Warwickshire, said: “Supporting people who are lonely and isolated within their own homes is something we feel passionately about doing in the community. Social and emotional needs matter as much to people as their physical and health needs. We are delighted to be able to extend our Befriending Service to people living with dementia and their carers, with the support and specialist knowledge Rugby Dementia Support Group bring to the partnership.”

If the role of Befriender interests you, or you would like to know more about accessing the service, please contact Alice or Ray through the Age UK Warwickshire Befriending office on (01788) 552545.