Bringing people with dementia together with volunteers for one-to-one support
From the March 2015 issue of our magazine, staying as active and involved as possible is an important aspect of maintaining wellbeing for people with dementia. Side by Side is a new service that Alzheimer's Society is developing to support this.
Alzheimer's Society is developing a new service called Side by Side to bring people with dementia together with local volunteers for one-to-one support, in person or over the phone.
Side by Side volunteers will help people to continue doing what they enjoy, whether that's going for a walk or to a football match, joining a local class together or stopping by for a cup of tea and a chat.
Programme Lead Lisa Beck said,
'Many people with dementia can feel lonely and a third of them live on their own. Side by Side will help them maintain a good quality of life and stay active within their communities.
'By 2017 we want everyone with dementia in Wales, England and Northern Ireland to have the opportunity to access this service.'
Side by Side is being trialled in 14 areas before the Society develops and rolls it out further – East Antrim, Mid Ulster, Durham, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Worcestershire, Carmarthenshire, Cardiff, Somerset, and Islington and Kennington in London.
Find out more about Side by Side and register your interest in becoming a volunteer.