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Could you give up a few hours a week to help someone with dementia in your local community?

In 2013, the report ‘Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness’ showed that more than a third (39%) of people with dementia said they felt lonely. Meanwhile, 70% of people with dementia had stopped doing things they used to due to a lack of confidence, and nearly 50% of people with dementia only went out to do things in their local area once a week or less. 

This study was the catalyst for the development of Side by Side – a service which would combat loneliness and empower people with dementia to remain active and involved in their communities. Side by Side pairs a local volunteer to a person with dementia based on similar hobbies, interests or life experiences.

The Side by Side volunteer then visits either weekly or fortnightly for a few hours to support their person with dementia to continue to do the things they love, or even to try something new. This can include helping out at their allotment, joining a local club, going to yoga, visiting a historic building or just going for a stroll in the park. Nearly 2,000 people with dementia are waiting for volunteers across the UK, with over 30 people waiting in Northamptonshire alone. 

So whether you are a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, we need volunteers like you.  You can volunteer on a day that suits you, either in person or over the phone - so it is a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someone's life.

To register your interest to become a Side by Side volunteer for Northamptonshire or for more information, please contact Jess Scott by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call her on 01832 736670.

If you are interested or would like more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01832 736670

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