Side by Side pair people with dementia and volunteers so they can keep doing the things they love and get out and about. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, we want people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.
Could you help someone with dementia to keep doing the things they love?
Nearly 2,000 people with dementia are waiting for volunteers. So whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, we need volunteers like you.
You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone - so it's a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someone's life.
We match you on your shared interests, so you can enjoy the activities together. Top activities people with dementia want to do with a volunteer include:
- Walks to beaches and nature spots
- Visiting places of interest such as museums and art galleries
- Trips to garden centres
- Spending time chatting with someone over a cup of tea
- Company when shopping and attending appointments
If you live in Scotland please get in touch with Alzheimer’s Society Scotland www.alzscot.org
Hear from current Side by Side pairs
Winnie Horton (left) and Irene Woodwards
Irene Woodward, (66) who has dementia and lives in Leicester, says that since meeting Side by Side volunteer Winnie Horton, her life has changed for the better:
‘I was at a low point in my life when I first met Winnie. My partner had died and then I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Meeting Winnie was a breath of fresh air. We clicked from the start and have had some great days out roaming around charity shops and having cups of tea and cake.'
'Without sounding pleased about my condition, I want to enjoy this stage of Alzheimer’s as much as I can. My father had dementia so I’m aware of what might be ahead of me but my attitude is that life is precious and still worth living.’
Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society is a Side by Side volunteer. She said:
'Loneliness is a real problem for people with dementia, yet we know that one of the most important things for those affected is to remain part of their community and continue to do the things they love – from going shopping to enjoying a local football match.'
Our Side by Side service, offering one to one support, is a vital step to making this a reality. By 2021, one million people will be living with the condition, so it’s vital that we all unite to against dementia do what we can to make a meaningful difference, such as becoming a volunteer.'