Another new initiative for BIADS in 2017 saw the set up of a small local walking group whereby DBS accredited volunteers take some of our members with dementia out for a short walk of approximately one hour with a stop off at the end for a nice cup of tea or coffee.
Care is taken to ensure that the group format is one volunteer to one member. Places visited are Locke Park, Cannon Hall, Pugneys Water Park and Elsecar Park.
Even a two hour break from their loved one is proving to be beneficial and greatly appreciated by carers.
Criteria – The member needs to be capable of walking unaided and sufficiently fit to walk for approximately 1-2 miles.
Referral – via one of our Carer Support Workers.