Volunteers sought to help people with dementia

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The local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society is seeking volunteers for a new service being launched in Banbridge 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.

Hazel Mayger, manager of the charity’s ‘Side by Side’ service in South West of Northern Ireland, said: “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 are currently piloting this service in 17 places across the UK and are looking to expand to 26 by the beginning of next year.

“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.

If you are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, please contact Hazel Mayger on 028 3025 6057 or hazel.mayger@alzheimers.org.uk for more details. Training will be provided so that volunteers are confident about carrying out the role.