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.
Information and Advice
We have a comprehensive outreach information and advice service. Our part time Outreach Worker provides benefits advice for older people, assists them with form completion and signposts older people in our area to appropriate agencies. Many rural elderly people in North Dorset have no transport and are cut off from local services, and therefore have little access to knowledge and information to address their specific needs. Our service is particularly important for clients and their carers who have to cope with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and mental health issues.
Thursday Lunch Club
The Sturminster Lunch Club has been running since 1977, and is presently held weekly on a Thursday at The Exchange.
Age Concern North Dorset is a small independent charity that relies on funding, donations and gift aid to provide its services.