Alzheimers Society appealing for volunteers as Sheffield embraces Dementia Awareness Week

The Alzheimers Society has appealed for volunteers as events take place across Sheffield to mark the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week.

Phillip Destcroix, dementia support manager at the Alzheimers Society, said: “Dementia Awareness Week is really important because it is kind of what it says on the tin: we want to raise the profile of dementia services.”

“There are things that we are commissioned to do within Sheffield that people have no idea about. We have a one-to-one personalised service that we offer, an allocated dementia support worker to work specifically in a bespoke fashion with the person or their carers or their families. We have activity groups, singing groups, a younger persons service, we’ve got a day centre for younger people diagnosed under 65.”

An information stand was open between 10am and 4pm at Virgin Money Lounge on Monday, and will re-open at Crystal Peaks library on Tuesday and the Moor Market on Wednesday.

Other events include a dementia café at Beighton Welfare Club on Thursday, and an interactive information day at the University of Sheffield’s Portobello centre on Friday.

Mr Destcroix added: “We’re always looking for people to be part of the cafes that we run. We can’t facilitate services without our volunteers.”

“All you need to do is go online on the national website, there is also a national phone line, or you can phone my office in Sheffield and talk to any of the team there and say: ‘I’m interested in volunteering, what do I do?'”

More details on the events of Dementia Awareness Week can be found at the Sheffield Carers website.

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