Befriending Plus

Examples of Practice

Older people are increasingly experiencing social isolation. Statutory services are unable to provide the one-to-one social aspect that a volunteer can provide which is a proven intervention in improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation and providing associated health benefits of people re-engaging with their community through support.

Contact with a volunteer on a regular basis provides the opportunity for observation of a befriendee’s wellbeing and allows interventions to be explored or offered before the situation deteriorates to crisis level.

We believe that Befriending Plus complements the changing emphasis of statutory service provision towards re-ablement and helps to reduce the high demand on health and social care services.

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Dementia Advisory Clinic Co-production Model

Examples of Practice

East Dunbartonshire has the highest ratio of older people in Scotland. The percentage of population with dementia in the area is also greater than the national average and is expected to increase even further.

The clinic model contributes to a more efficient use of existing services through enhanced co-ordination of the existing resources of all of the partner organisations. They deliver flexibly and sensitively the type of advice and support that people with dementia have told us they need.

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