Volunteers needed: A Chance to be a Friend to People in Bristol

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If you are a Bristol mum who could spare a few hours each month, why not consider doing voluntary work? You will be making a real difference to someone’s life, plus gaining fantastic skills and experience to add to your CV.

Befriending is an exciting service which enables people with dementia to continue to do the things they love. Run by Alzheimer’s Society in Bristol, befrienders are matched with people across Bristol, to help them live well with their condition.

85 per cent of people with dementia say that they struggle with isolation, loneliness and depression. Befrienders provide companionship and are matched with people depending on their personality and common interests so those with the condition are able to continue to do things they love; from art and craft activities to shopping, walking, gardening, playing game or simply just having a chat over a cup of tea.

Lorna Robertson, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire said:

‘Life doesn’t stop when a person is diagnosed with dementia. People often still want to do the things they enjoyed doing before, such as a game of tennis or a walk in the countryside, but they might need some extra support. This service offers the perfect opportunity for volunteers to help people with dementia to continue to feel a part of their community and to do the things they enjoy.

‘There are over 4,000 people living with dementia in Bristol – with the right support people can live well with the condition in their communities.’

Hannah Westwood, a befriending volunteer from the outskirts of Bristol said:

‘I have loved my time befriending. It’s something I can do that makes a real difference to the lady I support, and I have a great time too. We are both really interested in spending time together so the time flies!’

To find out more about accessing or volunteering for the befriending service contact Tori Jones, Volunteering Officer on 07801 133 745

For information on other services in the area visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation or contact the local office on 01179 610 693 or email tori.jones@alzheimers.org.uk

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