Side by Side

Our Side by Side service links people living with dementia to volunteers so they can keep doing the things they love.

Find out if Side by Side is available near you

What is Side by Side?

Side by Side is a volunteer-led service which helps people living with dementia to continue to play active roles in their communities. The service helps them to lead fulfilling lives, and reduces loneliness and isolation.

What’s your idea of a good time? Going to the football, catching a movie, a jog around the park, a good old mooch around the shops? Whatever you love doing, Side by Side is our service to help you keep involved with your community,

Your Side by Side volunteer will help you to keep on doing the things you love – and try new things too. The idea is that you meet up, decide what you’d like to do, and then do it together. It’s all about having fun and feeling good – you’ll both be making a big difference to each other’s lives.

A man with dementia and their Side by Side volunteer

How can I access Side by Side?

Side by Side is available in locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are currently growing the service and working towards giving every person with dementia the opportunity to access it.

If you're living with dementia and interested in accessing Side by Side, first check the availability in your area.

If you would prefer to speak to somebody, please call our Customer Care Team number on: 0330 333 0804 (Monday to Sunday 8am till 10pm)

How do I volunteer for Side by Side?

If you're interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, visit our volunteering page.

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