Saturday, 30 June 2012

Volunteering Opportunities

Did you know that the Alzheimer's Society is always looking for people who would like to volunteer? The Society offers a great range of support to sufferers and their carers and could not do so without the dedication of large numbers of volunteers. The kind of things they contribute varies greatly. Help is needed with fund raising, administration, maintaining information sites and libraries, providing transport and organising social events. Befriending someone with dementia, giving 2 or 3 hours a week to be with them, can mean that they can can continue a hobby or interest and that their carer can also have a break to do something that allows them to get out and find refreshment. Volunteers say it's fun and there's something for everyone no matter what your gifts. There is a proper induction programme, on-going training, one-to-one or group-based support and expenses are re-imbursed.

There are around 4,800 people with dementia of one kind or another in the Ripon,  Harrogate and Craven areas alone, two thirds of whom live in the community. By 2025 there will be over 1 million people with the disease in Britain and is is essential that adequate support and expertise in caring is built up over the next few years.

If you think you might be able to help, please contact

The Volunteering officer, Alzheimer's Society, Low Mill Units, Phoenix Business Park, Ripon HG4 1NSP  01765 690900  ripon@alzheimer'

The national Alzheimers Society website also has a wealth of really useful information. If you go to the bottom of the home page and enter your postcode, you can find an excellent list of all the services in the Richmond and Hambleton and the Ripon and Harrogate areas.

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