More volunteers needed to help those living with dementia - The Evesham Observer

More volunteers needed to help those living with dementia

Joshua Godfrey 27th Feb, 2017 Updated: 27th Feb, 2017   0

A RALLYING call has been made by the Alzheimer’s Society urging Vale residents to become volunteers in order to help those suffering from dementia.

As the Observer has previously reported, Evesham has launched a bid to become a Dementia Friendly Town and the organisers behind the bid, the Side by Side project, are now in need of more volunteers.

The project has been able to expand its volunteering service thanks to a £1.3million grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Residents who sign up to become volunteers would be paired with people with dementia from across the Vale to help them continue doing the things they love, from going along to a football match, a stroll in the park or joining a local club together.

Janet Smith, Side by Side Co-ordinator for Worcestershire, said: “Can you spare some time to support a lady in her 70s living in Evesham who is no longer able to pursue her love of gardening?

“She has always been proud of her large garden, and has planted many plants and flowers in it over the years.

“She also loved going to the local garden centre to plan her next garden adventure, but since her dementia diagnosis has needed someone with her to do this.

“The Alzheimer’s Society is looking to recruit more volunteers to help people like this lady.”

Visit for more information on how to become a volunteer, or call 01905 621868.

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