More than 60 people joined us at Queensridge Court in Oldbury last week for the launch of Kingfisher Buddies. 

‘Kingfisher Buddies’ is a new 3-year project, funded by the Big Lottery, to support older people in Sandwell who are in the early stages of dementia. The project will be delivered by Agewell, in partnership with Dementia Pathfinders CIC.

Kingfisher Buddies will provide vital support, information and guidance both pre, and post, diagnosis and will deliver a range of appropriate and meaningful weekly activities for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, to help improve their quality of life.

The project recognises that seeking and receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a frightening time for both the person themselves and their family. By contacting Kingfisher Buddies you will not be left on your own to worry and wonder what to do next.

As well as providing information and guidance, Kingfisher Buddies also want to help and support individuals and their carers to be socially active, trying out new activities or continuing to do the things they already love doing.

Their aims are to:

  • Support you in seeking a diagnosis
  • Be there to provide the advice and support you need to take it all in
  • Guide you and your family through what can be done now to better prepare for the future
  • Encourage you, and your carers, to take part in one of our enjoyable weekly activities
  • Help you to make the most of your life post diagnosis


Agewell’s Karen Allen and Deb Pierson are the Kingfisher Buddies Community Pathfinders.

Deb Pierson                                        Karen Allan