Become A Befriender

What’s Involved?


Western Alzheimers’ befriending service is companionship for people with dementia to support them at the early and later stages of dementia.

This service offers friendship and stimulation. It also supports the carer by providing a break for them.The key is “compatible companionship”. Each client will be twinned with a suitable friend. This support may be inside or outside the client’s home. The service offered will be two or three hours weekly/fortnightly, during which time it is envisaged that a relationship will grow into a friendship. Continuity of the relationship is of paramount importance and volunteers will be selected partly on their capacity and willingness to make a long term commitment. We are looking for individuals who can give 2-3 hours a week in the homes of people living with dementia. The supports would range from companionship, meeting for coffee and generally supporting them in their own homes. This support is to offer the family carers a break from their caring role. Please note that this is a befriending service and not a personal care assistant support service. Full training and induction will be provided.

What’s required for this position?

Kind, caring, compassionate and good listener. Dementia awareness an advantage but not a requirement.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role

Minimum time commitment: 6 months

Hours required: 3hrs per week

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Mayo and Galway City & County

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • References
  • Application Form
  • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Being part of a team that supports a worthy organisation in the community. Also volunteers caring skills will be enhanced.

Click on the links below to download application forms and return to the office in the county you wish to become a Befriender.

Befriending Application Form.

Befriending Character Reference Form.


Western Alzheimers,



Co Mayo,

F12 PY99

  • Contact person: Paddy Gannon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 094 93 64900


Western Alzheimers,

Colonial Buildings,

Eglinton Street,


H91 XWH3

  • Contact person: Tom Mc Cann
  • Email:
  • Phone: 091 565193


Western Alzheimers,

Goff Street


F42 PR83

  • Contact person: Noeleen Rudden
  • Email:
  • Phone: 090 6627816

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