Social contact and connecting with other people with Dementia

Loneliness can have a big impact on your health, whereas having good social contact with family, friends and others can help you keep your thinking skills in later life and slow down cognitive decline. There are lots of services that can help you.

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCs)

SCCCs have a telephone support services if you would like to talk to someone on the telephone on a regular basis. SCCCCs will match you up with a friendly volunteer who will ring you regularly to chat with you about whatever you wish to talk about.

SCCCs: Telephone support service.

Alzheimer’s Society: Companion Calls

The Alzheimer’s Society's Companion Call is a regular (usually weekly) telephone call made by a volunteer to someone affected by Dementia to check in and have a friendly chat about anything the person they’re calling would like to talk about. It could be their favourite TV show, the weather or simply to talk about how things are going.

To find out more call their Dementia Connect Support Line.

Call: 0333 150 3456.

They also run an online community for people where anyone affected by dementia can receive valuable support. It's free, open day or night, and can be accessed online.

Alzheimer's Society: Talking Point our online community.

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a national free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call 0800 4 70 80 90.

The Sliver Line: Helping You.

Re-Engage Call Companions

Re-Engage used to be called Contact the Elderly. Their Call Companions is a free service for older people who live alone and feel they would enjoy a friendly phone call every week or two.

Re-Engage: Get a Call Companion.

Re-Engage also run a similar service for LGBT+ people who live alone and feel they would benefit from a friendly phone call every week or two. This is a service specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus (LGBT+) people aged over 75 who would like to speak to someone who’s also LGBT+.

Re-Engage: Get a Rainbow Call Companion.

Memory cafe's, groups and activities

The directory has details of many memory cafes, groups and activities in the city. 

Memory cafe's, groups and activities.

Digital support

Heeley Trust online support

Heeley Trust can support people to get online and learn to use computers and other devices, from the very basics, to get you up to speed in the digital age. Don’t worry if you have never used a computer before, their tutors are here to guide you through every step.

Heeley Trust: Digital and IT Projects.

Organising an online group using Zoom

Deep is the Network of UK Dementia Voices. They have created a useful guide to setting up a peer support meeting online using Zoom.

Deep: guide to using Zoom.

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