Funding is no longer available to run our befriending service for people in Barnsley affected by dementia, so we need your help.

The service has run since 2011 and we have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £20,000 by December this year to save it.  Alongside this we will be working tirelessly to secure funding to ensure that the service runs for years to come.

Since 2011 we have recruited and trained 40 volunteers and offered befriending to over 100 people.  As we became aware that funding was in question earlier this year we stopped taking on new referrals. At the moment we have over 25 Barnsley people who are visited regularly by their befriender.

The reason the service is vital is this: imagine that you are caring for a person with dementia and that over the months family and friends don’t visit as much as they used to and you are becoming isolated and lonely.  Then you are given a lifeline – a befriending volunteer from BIADS. They visit you weekly for a cuppa and a chat and occasionally you go out shopping or they help you to keep involved with other activities.  How would you feel if they could no longer visit because funding has been reallocated?

To donate either £1 / £2 /£5 /or £10 to our ‘Save BIADS’ Befriending Service’ campaign click here or Text GLWO22 £5 (or the amount you wish to donate) to 70070.

Thank you for your help – it really is appreciated