Dorchester Befriending Scheme
The Dorchester Befriending Scheme are a group of volunteers who offer their services to help patients who are registered with a surgery in the Dorchester area. They are co-ordinated by NHS Dorset. Volunteers are particularly needed for isolated, elderly people who may be lonely or just need a helping hand staying independent.
Services that are offered include:
- Help with shopping and errands
- Transport to appointments
- Accompanied walks
- Dog walking
- Reading assistance
- Social interaction
Volunteers can offer as much or as little time as they wish – however they should be available to help on a regular basis as patients quickly come to depend on their friend and can be disappointed if they fail to arrive when expected. When a volunteer offers their services, the volunteer co-ordinator will arrange to meet them to discuss their application and the type of help they can offer.
If you are considering becoming a volunteer please contact Dorchester Friends in Deed – 0800 7313703.
If you feel you might benefit from the services of “a friend” please speak to one of the doctors or nurses.