Befriending and Bereavement Support
The “friendship” and bereavement support service aims to address the needs of older people by
- Enabling them to regain confidence by removing the isolation lonely people often feel;
- Helping the bereaved by providing social activities, interest groups and outings;
- Providing advice and signposting to other services
- Providing practical and emotional support to the carers of older people.
Befrienders offer one to one support and there are tea and chat groups in various locations around Sturminster Newton.
Our IT volunteers are experienced in mentoring older people in using IT services enabling them to access the internet to communicate with family / friends, access local services and do their shopping on line. We give advice on obtaining and installing the necessary equipment, solving any problems by phone or by home visits. The service provides one-to-one tailored training and support to help older people get on line and to help them address technical, health and knowledge issues that may prevent this. We also run weekly drop-in sessions at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Monday mornings between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
We can also provide technical help and advice, in areas such as computer repairs, software installation and advice on buying equipment.
Thursday diners Club
The Sturminster Diners Club takes place on the third Thursday of each month at the Stour View Day Centre.
Age Concern North Dorset is a small independent charity that relies on funding, donations and gift aid to provide its services.