The Alzheimer’s Society charity is seeking volunteers in Wellington to launch a new service to help people with dementia continue doing the things they love. 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.
Katherine Pratt, deputy manager of the charity’s existing ‘Side by Side’ service in South Somerset, 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 and 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.
“By doing things like going for a walk, to a football match, or joining a local class together, our volunteers support people with dementia to take up hobbies and get out and about. What they do together is entirely based on what the person with dementia wants.”
“Volunteers are crucial to the success of this service and can be any age. Volunteering could range from providing support once a week to once a fortnight at a time that works for the volunteer and 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.” said Katherine.
If you are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, please contact the local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01458 251541 for more details. Training will be provided so that volunteers are confident about carrying out the role.