Can you spare some time to help people with dementia?

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 19:45

Richmond Council this week called for volunteers to help people with dementia or Alzheimer’s so they can continue their hobbies and interests and be actively involved in their community.

Dementia symptoms include memory loss, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning. The number of people in the UK with dementia is expected to double in the next 30 years and there are estimated to be 2000 people in Richmond alone with the condition.

As part of a national initiative Richmond Council and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group have funded, and launched, the Alzheimer’s Society South West London.

The group will provide support in Richmond to help people with dementia access their local communities and continue to do things they enjoy such as art classes, going for a walk or playing golf.

Local volunteers will be really key to the success of this new service.

The volunteer opportunities include:

•“Hands-on support” as a Dementia Support Volunteer – to support people with dementia in the local community, helping them to take part in social and recreational activities.

•Admin Support to the project – to support the day-to-day running of the project

•Event organisation – help setting up and creating a welcoming atmosphere at group events outings

If you would like to find out more about these roles or the service contact or contact 020 8916 3587.

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