Volunteers wanted to help dementia sufferers

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Volunteers are needed to help with a new service for people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society is hoping people will come forward over the Christmas period to help with its Leicestershire and Rutland Side by Side service.

The project enables people living with dementia to keep doing the things they love, such as visiting museums, going to the cinema or watching football.

Volunteers can opt to offer anything from a couple of hours a week and are given training by the charity.

Suna Tilley, Alzheimer’s Society Side by Side manager for Leicestershire, said: “The sad reality is that people with dementia can often become isolated and find it difficult to remain part of their community. This can be particularly poignant at Christmas, when many people feel they are missing out on things that they used to love doing.

“This December, we want volunteers to give the gift of time and help someone to stay connected and stay involved in hobbies and activities that they love. It can make a real difference to someone’s life, as well as being incredibly rewarding for the volunteer.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Suna Tilley on 0116 2311113 or e-mail: suna.tilley@alzheimers.org.uk