Dementia Befriending Services

Crossroads Care Forest of Dean and Herefordshire have been working to launch a brand-new befriending service for people who are living with dementia and are socially isolated.

The project piloted over the weekend – Claire Smeeth met up with a gentleman who is living with dementia in the Forest of Dean and took him to watch Drybrook Rugby Club play against Newton Abbott.

Mike, who has lived in the area all his life, was welcomed as a guest of the club, and introduced to Chris Rawlings, Club Chairman.  Mr Rawlings presented Mike with mementoes of his day and welcomed him back at any time.

Drybrook Rugby club is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, who alongside Crossroads Care, are working to build a dementia friendly community.

Mike’s chat with other match goers, enjoyed a drink and even met an old friend and neighbour.

The befriending service will be coordinated by Crossroads Care Forest of Dean and Herefordshire, and volunteers will form a core team that supports local people who are living in social isolation. 

Crossroads have identified a small team of people looking to be involved in the rewarding project, but welcome anybody who would like more information on how they can support the group.

The charity is applying for grants which will help cover the running costs of the service, such as training and administration.

For more information about this service, contact Crossroads on 01594 823414 or email