Salute to our volunteers

From: Annie Bethell

Alzheimer’s Society Volunteering Officer, South Yorkshire

FOLLOWING Volunteers’ Week 2011, I am writing to you to let everyone know about our wonderful volunteers and all that they do for Alzheimer’s Society in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Alzheimer’s Society Volunteers befriend people with dementia and carers, they help serve tea at our dementia cafes, they sing with people at Singing for the Brain or accompany people on heath walks. They campaign, raise awareness, rattle tins and hold events. Without volunteers we could not do what we do, for people affected by dementia, on the scale that we do it.

Our volunteers come from different backgrounds and often face huge personal difficulties, some are carers for a person with dementia, some have dementia themselves, some are struggling to find work in this uncertain climate, others have other long term health concerns and some are far from home trying to gain asylum. And yet every week/month/time we need them, they are there with a smile, rolled up sleeves and a willingness to help make a difference.

To our Alzheimer’s Society volunteers – thank you. You make a huge difference.