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Side by Side for People with Dementia in Wincanton

Friday 29 April 2016, 18:04
By Katherine Pratt

Side by Side - Alzheimers Society

A local charity, setting up a new service in Wincanton, is seeking volunteers to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love. 'Side by Side' is a free service from Alzheimer’s Society 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.

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.”

 - Katherine Pratt, deputy manager of the ‘Side by Side’ service in Somerset

By 2017 we want every person with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to have opportunity to access Side by Side.

The service will help grow Dementia Friendly Communities by building local networks for people with dementia, bringing opportunity and widening what people with dementia can bring to their community, reducing stigma and social exclusion.

If you are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, please phone us on 01458 251541 or 07734 785429 and ask for Katherine. Training will be provided so that volunteers are confident about carrying out the role.


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