Alzheimer's Society Side By Side Service

Alzheimer's Society

Name: Alzheimer's Society Side By Side Service
Organisation: Alzheimer's Society
Location: Alzheimer's Society, Scott Lodge, Scott Road, Plymouth, PL2 3DU
Type: Part Time
In order to promote stability for the person with dementia we ask volunteers to commit around two hours weekly for at least 6 months, after the relevant checks and training.


Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. We also fund research and are committed to contributing at last £10 million every year to reasearch to create a world without dementia.

Would you like to unite with us against dementia?

Side by Side is an exciting Alzheimer’s Society service which helps people with dementia stay active and involved in their local community. From joining a local club, watching a film or just going for a stroll at the beach - Side by Side helps people with dementia keep doing the things they love with the support of a volunteer.

What will I be doing? - Side by Side volunteers are matched with a person with dementia and then support them to undertake activities of their choice. Activities might include a walk around the local park, a trip to the cinema, joining a new club, assisting them to pick up an old hobby or visiting local places of interest.

Where is it you want me to volunteer? - We are looking for volunteers to support people with dementia in Plymouth.

What skills do I need? - You will need to be patient, reliable and happy to work closely with the project staff. You do not necessarily require prior knowledge of dementia but you do need to be committed to learning about dementia and enthusiastic about helping someone with dementia improve their quality of life.

What will I gain from getting involved? - Volunteering with Side by Side is a great way to improve your knowledge and understanding of dementia, develop person centred support skills, meet new people, take part in enjoyable activities and make a real difference in someone’s life. You will receive training and on-going supervision to support you in your volunteering role and your travel and activity expenses will be reimbursed.

How much time will I need to give? - In order to promote stability for the person with dementia we ask volunteers to commit around two hours weekly for at least 6 months, after the relevant checks and training.

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Organisation Description

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people in the UK will be living with the condition. But dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.

We are the UK’s leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Elderly

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Local Events

Skills and Qualifications


We are looking for volunteers that would like to spend some time with a person with dementia to encourage them out in to their community to help reduce isolation.

In order to make a successful match, we seek to put the volunteer with a person with dementia where there are shared interests.


This is a hugely rewarding role. Alzheimer's Society volunteers nationally are making a difference and helping people with dementia to carry on doing the things that they love.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses will be covered
Restrictions: NA
Induction: A full induction is undertaken
Insurance Cover: Full insurance cover
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, References