We would like to offer a warm welcome to Louise, the newest member of staff to join our Re Connect Befriending Project. This means that even more people will be able to benefit from the invaluable peer befriending which we offer to people affected by Stroke, Dementia, and other long-term health conditions county-wide. Louise is a great addition to the team, with years of experience working for The Stroke Association, The Independence Trust, Housing Associations, and many more.
In collaboration with other third sector and statutory services throughout Gloucestershire we have also recently been invited to work on a trans-generational project with Stroud and Nailsworth schools around Dementia awareness, and ways of reducing isolation for those affected by it. This is an exciting opportunity to work creatively to build lasting bridges across some of our furthest age ranges. We are also involved in an NHS initiative to help transform Nailsworth into a ‘Dementia Friendly Town.’
Our Befriend-er role has also been developing and expanding as our Befriend-ers have been using their invaluable experience and understanding to help deliver on point training to NHS staff, professionals, and the public. This training has been delivered in a variety of venues, including Gloucester Royal Hospital, and over a series of volunteer meets, public awareness days, and hospital visits over the past few months, and will continue into the future. These training days have been incredibly successful and we are really pleased with the positive feedback that we have received from all involved.