Alzheimer’s Society is looking for volunteers to take up a fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity, with their Side by Side service in Tisbury, Amesbury and Salisbury.
Volunteers will be paired with someone with dementia, so they can help them keep on doing the things they love – and try new things too. The charity supports people living with dementia to continue to play an active part in their community and do more with Side by Side. The society’s research shows people with dementia are more at risk of loneliness – with a third reporting to have lost friends since their diagnosis. Two thirds of people with dementia remain in their communities, but many feel trapped in their own homes – with almost one in 10 leaving the house only once a month.
Side by Side, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, want to change that. By using a new approach to volunteering by pairing people through what they love to do, volunteers can make a difference; not only to the lives of people in their area living with dementia, but to their own life too, the charity claims.
Existing Side by Side volunteers report that they have gained and shared skills, developed new friendships and even enhanced their job prospects through their involvement or on the Side by Side phone line.
Visit alzheimers.org.uk/sidebysidevolunteer or call Clare Lucas, Alzheimer’s Society’s Volunteering Officer, on 01249 443469.