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Alzheimer’s Society is delighted that ITV Good Morning Britain has chosen us as a charity partner for its 1 Million Minutes campaign this Christmas.

Can you spare some time?

Volunteering with Alzheimer's Society can help to reduce loneliness and isolation in people with dementia. We have different options available, such as becoming a Side by Side volunteer or joining our Dementia Friends movement.

Whether you can spare days, hours or minutes, you will make a positive difference for the thousands of people living with dementia across the UK.

If you have a little more time to give

Become a Side by Side volunteer

Side by Side helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love with someone supportive by their side. From watching the football to grabbing a cuppa, there are so many things you could do together.

Side by Side is not available in some UK areas. If you're not based in one of the specific Side by Side service areas, don't worry. You could become a Side by Side telephone volunteer, either from your home or local Alzheimer’s Society office.

There's flexibility to volunteer for Side by Side on weekdays, evenings or weekends. Read more about whether this role is right for you.

How can I take part?

Check Side by Side is available in your area
Fill out the application form
We’ll get in touch to discuss your application
You'll be invited to an informal interview
Attend a Welcome Day and complete training
Register for Side by Side

Other volunteering opportunities

We are also on the lookout for new Keeping in Touch telephone volunteers across Wales and West Midlands.

We’re making vital phone calls to people affected by dementia to check they have the right support. If you love a good chat, or just want to help make someone’s life a little bit better, we’d love to hear from you.

If you have some time to give

Become a Dementia Friend

A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community in ways big and small. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts!

It’s really easy to do – you can watch a short video or find a Session near you.

Become a Dementia Friends Champion

A Dementia Friends Champion is a trained volunteer who runs Dementia Friends Sessions in the community to inspire others to help those living with dementia. They give information about the personal impact of dementia, and what people can do to help. 

You don't need to have any particular experience to be a Dementia Friends Champion, just lots of passion to talk to groups of people and help break down the stigma around dementia.

Not sure what's right for you, or have a question? Talk to one of our team about these opportunities by contacting 0330 333 0804 or [email protected]

Are you suitable for Side by Side? This role will suit you if you want to support, enable and empower people living with dementia, and can provide a committed, flexible approach and are willing to learn.  

From us, you can expect to feel welcome, included and respected. We provide training, guidance and a role manager who will support you throughout your journey with us. Essential learning to be completed before starting in your role will take about two and a half days - this will include face-to-face information sessions and e-learning modules.

To ensure the safety and security of people living with dementia we ask for two references and proof of identity and you will need to complete an enhanced without barred list DBS or Access NI check, in line with the legal requirements. A criminal record will not necessarily stop you being able to carry out this role.

You’ll complete a short profile of yourself with information about you and your interests for a person living with dementia to look at. If they share some of your interests you’ll be paired together and meet regularly to accompany them in their chosen activities.

To put the role into practice most effectively, and to ensure a consistent service for people living with dementia, this role is recommended to continue for at least six months. We reimburse out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, which are agreed before you start, in line with our policy. Back to top.

Service areas for Side by Side: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Anglesey, Banes, Bath, Belfast, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Bury St Edmunds, Cardiff and Vale, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Cheshire, Conwy, Cornwall, County and City area of Leicestershire and Rutland, Coventry, Craigavon and Banbridge, Cumbria, Denbighshire, Derbyshire, Doncaster, Durham, East Antrim, East Riding, East Sussex, East Worcestershire, Flintshire, Gateshead, Gwent, Gwynedd, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hambleton, Hampshire, Hampshire, Hounslow, Hull, Isle of Man, Islington, Knowsley, Lambeth, Lancs, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Merton, Mid Ulster, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newry and Mourne, Norfolk, North East Essex, North East Lincolnshire, North Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Pembrokeshire, Pennine, Plymouth, Richmondshire, Rochdale, Royal United Hospital, Ryedale, Salford, Scarborough, Sefton, Solihull, Somerset, South Dudley, South Eastern Northern Ireland, South Powys, Suffolk, Surrey, Swindon, Swindon, Trafford, Wakefield and Five Towns West Yorkshire, West Worcestershire, Wharfedale, Whitby, Wiltshire, Wirral, Wrexham.

Don't worry if you're not based in one of these areas, you could become a Side by Side telephone volunteer. Back to top.