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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 Sarah Swift on 07821 824 630 or email SbSServicebristol@alzheimers.org.uk
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0117 4148238
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
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: email@example.com
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
We have developed a self-referral process for Deaf / BSL Users.
We have produced a Deaf / BSL version of our service leaflet available on our YouTube channel.
We have produced an Easy Read version of our service leaflet
Sally Townsend, our Community Development Coordinator for schools has produced the following resource list to raise dementia awareness with children and young people.
Join our singing groups where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment. Singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood. You don't need to be a good singer to benefit! Join us for fun vocal warm-ups and sing a wide variety of familiar and new songs. More Information Here
Tuesday mornings, 10.30 to 12.15
Bristol Community Links South, Langhill Ave, Bristol, BS4 1TN
Contact: Hannah Newrick on 0117 9610 693
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel: 07927 590 216
This group is held every Tuesday, 2pm to 3.45pm
This takes place on 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of every month (2pm to 3.45pm)
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel:07927 590 216
This group is being held on Zoom every Monday
1.15pm to 2.15pm (except for Bank Holidays)
A virtual group is available weekly on a Wednesday morning, 11.15am-12.15pm on Zoom.
Anyone with concerns about their memory or that of another can attend. Sessions run weekly and often have a guest speaker.
Contact Claire Muscat
Tel: 07872 866 502
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm
A virtual Memory Café takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday, 3.30pm-4.30pm
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Regular Support groups for close family, friends and carers of people with Dementia led by experienced facilitators. The groups are places to share concerns and experiences
Withywood Centre, Geoff Cargill Room, Queens Road, Withywood, BS13 8QA
The group is help on the last Thursday of the month 1pm to 3pm. Please contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 947 3120 if you would like to attend.
This group is currently closed due to being at capacity but takes place in Horfield on the last Wednesday of each month 2pm - 3.30pm. If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, contact your Practitioner or Navigator on 0117 904 5150.
Held at: Verona House, 53 Filwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3RX
The group is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 3.30pm
(contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 904 5150 if you'd like to attend)