The Alzheimer’s Society is seeking volunteers for a new service to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love, and they’re holding on a Dementia Roadshow on Monday 3 October, 10am to 4pm, Orbital Shopping Park, Thamesdown Drive.
Side by Side is a free service that provides one-to one support, making it easier for people with dementia who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, remain active and feel part of their local community.
Alex Parker, manager of the charity’s ‘Side by Side’ service in Swindon, said: “This new service focuses on enabling people with dementia to lead more fulfilling lives and to continue to take part in the activities that they have always enjoyed as well as to try new ones.
“We need more volunteers to enable people with dementia to stay connected and help to reduce feelings of loneliness that may be felt after a diagnosis.
“Volunteers are crucial to the success of this service and can range from providing support once a week to once a fortnight at a time that works for the volunteer and the person with dementia. It might be taking a walk in the park, a visit to a café or a chat over the phone, sounds simple, but it can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”
If you are unable to visit the roadshow on 3 October, or want to find out more becoming a Side by Side volunteer before, contact Alex Parker on 07484 089239 or email@example.com
Training will be provided so that volunteers are confident about carrying out the role. Volunteering provides a great opportunity to learn new skills, share your hobby with others and enhance your CV in addition to supporting a person to live more independently with dementia.
National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122