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BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell)

This record is classed under Long Term Conditions, Support services, Mental health.

Service Provider NameBUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell)
ServiceBUDS aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing Dementia and their families and carers in Sandwell
Address2Hope House
Address3George Road Community Church
Address4142 George Road
CountyWest Midlands
Post CodeB68 9LN
Where do they provide service from?Address as above, also various venues in the community for the Activity Sessions, and in people's own homes.
Telephone0121 565 3721
Area coveredBorough of Sandwell
Who is the service for?People experiencing Dementia who live in Sandwell or carers that either live in Sandwell or care for a person with Dementia in Sandwell. Also for professionals who work with people with Dementia.
Referral routePlease call direct, or complete a referral form available on our website, or be referred by a health professional on your behalf.
Specific ethnic group?No
Summary of servicesActivity Sessions across Sandwell, open to family carers if they would like to attend. Also offer a welcome regular respite break from their caring role.
Outreach Service - initial home visits for people with Dementia and their family carers after the referral is received, in order to carry out an assessment of need for both the person with Dementia and their carers.

Befriending Service - this service offers weekly visits to people with Dementia in their own homes. Visits are carried out by volunteers and last an average on two hours. The service can help to provide support, to increase mental stimulation, and to reduce feelings of isolation. It can also offer family carers a break from the caring role.

Carer Support Service - this service offers information and emotional support to family carers of people with Dementia. This is provided by both one-to-one and group sessions.

Dementia Awareness Training - training for professionals who work with people with Dementia.

Volunteering opportunities - new volunteers are always welcome. The service is looking for people with a caring nature, good communication skills. a sense of humour, and the desire to make a difference. We welcome individuals with either previous experience or transferable skills from other areas of life. Volunteers will receive training and supervision and will be required to provide references. Volunteer Befrienders will be required to undergo a DBS check.

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When are the services run?Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Time detailsThe times for befriending, carer support, outreach and Dementia training vary.
Chargeable service?Yes - for the Activity Sessions and for Dementia Awareness training.
Cost of servicePlease contact us for more details of cost.
Means testedNo
Total capacity of serviceCapacity varies according to the service.
Transport ProvidedYes for the Activity Sessions.
CQC RegisteredNot applicable
Sandwell Approved ListNot applicable
DisclaimerInclusion in this directory does not imply that Sandwell Council endorses the organisations and no responsibility is assumed for the information in their entries or their services. For terms and disclaimer see below. Directory last updated October 2019.

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