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Volunteer with Alzheimer’s Society to support people living with Dementia in Bristol. Do more. Explore more. Enjoy more. Sign up for Side by Side.
This fun, friendly, flexible volunteering opportunity matches you with someone with dementia so you can help them keep on doing the things they love – and try new things too.
That might be going to a football match. Catching the latest movie. A jog round the park, a splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting them 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 by empowering them to continue playing an active part in their community.
With someone developing dementia every three minutes, there are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now.
Sign up for Side by Side and get ready to make a difference: not only to their lives, but to yours.
For more information please contact Melanie Allford on 01179 610 693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We run monthly groups for people with dementia and their carers to share their experiences and feedback on our service. We have one group for each locality.
Each group takes place quarterly and the views we receive influence the development of the service.
Contact: The Alzheimer's Society on 0117 9610693
Have your voice heard and join the Dementia HIT Volunteer Panel
The Bristol Health Partners’ Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) has set up a Volunteer Panel. You can join the panel if you would like to hear about patient & public involvement activities relevant to dementia.
Involvement activities might include:
You don’t have to take part in any of the activities you are offered.
The panel is open to people with dementia, their carers and interested members of the public.
Further information can be found on their website here
email: email@example.com / Tel: 0117 4148238
Would you like to share your story?
My name is Jenna and I am the Media Officer for Alzheimer’s Society in the South West. My job is to raise awareness of dementia and get people talking about it. I am responsible for working with journalists to raise awareness of the services we offer as well as highlighting some of the issues people with dementia face.
Journalists often phone me asking to speak to people with real life experiences of living with or supporting someone with dementia. It is our Media Champions who provide this essential human angle by sharing their stories.
Our Media Champions provide an essential and valuable dimension to our awareness-raising efforts, hugely increasing our chances of securing media coverage and reaching people with our messages.
Hilary Cunliffe, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, shares her thoughts on her experience of working with the media:
“Over the last few years, both while my husband was alive and after he died, I was able to do a variety of work with different forms of media. I was very keen to use our experiences to highlight the impact of dementia, for my husband, for me and our family and friends and raise the profile of this debilitating condition. I felt this was a positive contribution that I could make to help and inform other people who may be struggling with the condition.”
If you feel that this is something you would like to be involved in, please come along to Alzheimer’s Society’s office: Suite A, Verona House, Filwood Road, Bristol, BS16 3RY on Tuesday 13 December at 1.30pm where we will be hosting an informal chat over tea and cake!
If transport to the venue is an issue, let us know as we might be able to support this. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you are both welcome to join us. Let us know if we can do anything to help make it possible for you to attend.
For further information, or to register your interest in attending, please contact me. You can reach me by phone: 01249 444408 or 07483 138048 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) provides volunteering opportunities that allow older people over 50 to play an active role in their communities.
Contact: 0117 922 4392
Contact address: RSVP West Region, The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN