Reading’s Alzheimer’s Society (AS) on London Street is recruiting more volunteers to help with their Side by Side service. This service aims to combat social isolation by pairing a volunteer with someone with dementia.
Jo Rowan, the AS Side by Side co-ordinator for Berkshire, says:
The Side by Side service is combating social isolation here in Berkshire by pairing volunteers with a person with dementia with the aim of helping them to continue to do the things that they love to do.
From football to gardening, or just a walk around the park, we’re working to make the local community more dementia-friendly, and to maintain those ties that a person with dementia has within the community.
The AS say volunteers can work weekdays, evening or weekends:
A splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting a person with dementia to volunteer themselves. Whatever they’d like to do, together you decide where and when.
One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life. There are nearly a thousand people waiting for volunteers right now, so whatever your interests we need people like you.
You can find more about using or volunteering for the AS Side by Side service online or by phoning the Reading branch on 01189 596482.