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Enliven’s Woburn Home and Hutt City Council are piloting a new programme for people with early stage dementia, aimed at slowing the progression of the condition and keeping them engaged in community life.
The two organisations are partnering to set up a volunteer buddy programme called Enliven Connect that will link trained volunteers with community members that have early stage dementia. The aim is to support them to stay engaged in their community by continuing everyday activities and hobbies.
Hutt City Council has made a $10,000 grant to the Enliven Woburn Home to trial the volunteer buddy system as part of its community support for those living with early dementia. Volunteers will be matched with community members with similar interests, hobbies and cultures and the grant funding will equip the buddies with the appropriate training to support those they’ve been linked to.
Woburn Home Manager Ginni Scott said it’s widely acknowledged that staying engaged with community can help delay the progression of dementia.
“We’re particularly excited about this support from the Hutt City Council because it will allow us to extend our day club community programme for people living with dementia.
“We know there’s a gap in the current services in this particular area and that there’s real value in this sort of engagement because it can limit the chance of becoming socially isolated.”
Hutt City Council Community Facilitator Lucy Knowles said that the council was committed to supporting programmes that enriched the lives of its community.
“Hutt City Council is delighted to be working with Enliven’s Woburn Home to develop this programme. The hope is that it could be picked up by others through the country to benefit their own communities.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the Enliven Connect programme is invited to attend an information session at the Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on 15 February between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. More information can be accessed by emailing email@example.com or calling 027 6104670 to talk to Jo Rea.