Twoz Company Befriending run by VASA

Examples of Practice

This project aims to tackle isolation of older people. The case study presented here explores Mrs C and her experience of the Twos Company initiative. Mrc C has been an active lady all her life, giving many hours volunteering to her community, with the likes of MS Society and other charitable organisations. Over the past few years it has become harder for her to get out and about on her own and she has lost some of her independence.

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Addaction – 55 positive

Examples of Practice

Older drinkers can be more vulnerable and their needs more complex than younger people with alcohol problems. This can be as a result of the potentially greater physical impact of alcohol misuse on older people, as a result of, for example, the interaction of alcohol and medications; higher blood alcohol concentrations caused by body water reducing with ageing; and reduced alcohol tolerance levels.

Many service users from Addactions over 50’s alcohol service also identified social isolation as an on-going issue for them. Once they have became alcohol free and their health and well-being improved, they often found it difficult to exit from the service, and still sought ongoing support. In response, 55 positive seeks to provide an additional care pathway that encompasses peer mentoring, befriending, and social and educational activities.

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Town Break Stirling Group

Examples of Practice

Town Break understands the importance of maintaining social relationships, creating new peer support networks and receiving information and advice at an early stage after the diagnosis of dementia. The negative effects of social isolation can be profound for both the person with dementia and their carer, as both may withdraw from previous activities and social connections.

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