Vol­un­teers needed to help those liv­ing with de­men­tia

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS are needed to help peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in Buck­ing­hamshire.

There are cur­rently more than 8,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia across the county with the num­ber set to rise dra­mat­i­cally.

The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety is look­ing for vol­un­teers who are pas­sion­ate about im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia.

The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety vol­un­teers are a vi­tal part of the char­ity and are needed for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent roles across the county in­clud­ing group or one-to-one be­friend­ing, tele­phone-based mem­ory sup­port vol­un­teer­ing and help with set­ting up the ta­bles and chairs for an ac­tiv­ity group in Ayles­bury.

The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety vol­un­teer­ing of­fi­cer for Buck­ing­hamshire, Berk­shire and Ox­ford­shire Jane Pen­ton said: “We’re look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple who want to do some­thing to im­prove the lives of peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in Buck­ing­hamshire and have a va­ri­ety of very dif­fer­ent roles. Some are based in our of­fices in Ayles­bury and oth­ers are out and about in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Some re­quire as lit­tle as 15 min­utes a week whilst oth­ers would suit some­one able to com­mit to vol­un­teer­ing for half a day a week.

“We re­ally do have some­thing for ev­ery­one and are al­ways de­lighted to hear from peo­ple how­ever much time they have to of­fer.

“No knowl­edge or ex­pe­ri­ence of de­men­tia is re­quired as we pro­vide full train­ing.”

If you would like to vol­un­teer, call Jane Pen­ton on 01296 718 956, or email Jane.pen­ton@alzheimers. org.uk.

All the roles are on the char­ity’s web­site at www. alzheimers.org.uk.

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