PRESS RELEASE 16.07.2015

PCP_HealthHealth Buddy Service calls for befrienders and clients in the community.
Location: Bowburn, Coxhoe, Trimdon, Fishburn and Sedgefield.

What: Initial volunteer meeting and dementia awareness training led by the Alzheimer’s Society
When : Tuesday 11th August 2015
Meeting – 1-2 pm and Training 2-3 pm
Where: Trimdon Grange Community Centre

PCP Health Buddy ServicePCP’s Health Buddy Service is running the next meeting for volunteer befrienders at 1pm on Tuesday 11th August at the Trimdon Grange Community Centre, followed by a dementia awareness training session led by the Alzheimer’s Society at 2pm the same day. This opportunity to learn more about the scheme and what being a volunteer would involve is open to all local residents, with a full training and support package for those who decide to become befrienders.

Social isolation is a real issue for our communities and evidence suggests that it has an impact on both health and happiness. The Health Buddy Service run by PCP provides a volunteer befriender who can visit clients at home, support them to get out to community activities and help them to reach out to others locally to extend their friendship network. Having recently been awarded the Approved Provider Standard for the quality of its work, the Health Buddy service is highly valuable to befrienders and clients alike.

The service offers flexible, short-term assistance to people over 50 years of age and is currently inviting more clients to join the scheme. If you feel you could benefit from regular visits by a befriender to help with shopping, getting out of the house or just for a regular chat, please get in touch with the service.

For further information, contact the Pioneering Care Centre:
Tel: 01325 321234
Or find PCP on Twitter: @PioneeringCare and Facebook: /PCPandCentre

Health Buddy Service Wants More Volunteers and Clients