VOLUNTEERS are being sought by a charity to join a new service to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love.

Side by Side is a free service from Alzheimer’s Society, making it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, remain active and feel part of their local community.

Kate Woodfield, coordinator in Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale, said: “This new service focuses on enabling people with dementia to lead more fulfilling lives and to continue to take part in the activities that they have always enjoyed and try new ones.

“We need more volunteers in Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale to enable people with dementia to stay connected and help to reduce feelings of loneliness that may be felt after a diagnosis.

“By doing things like going for a walk, to a football match, or joining a local class together, our volunteers support people with dementia to take up hobbies and get out and about. What they do together is entirely based on what the person with dementia wants.

A survey by Alzheimer’s Society found 40 per cent of people with dementia in Wales, England and Northern Ireland, have felt lonely recently.

Social activity and social support are thought to be directly related to better physical and cognitive function and help slow down the rate of decline.

People interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer, please contact Kate Woodfield on 01274 586008 or sidebysideacw@alzheimers.org.uk for more details. Training will be provided so that volunteers are confident about carrying out the role.