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Make a difference to those with dementia

Michelle Reid, manager of the Age NI day centre in Ballyclare, and Melanie Bradford, community officer, with members of the day centre who are always welcoming to new members and volunteers. INNT 49-002-FP

Michelle Reid, manager of the Age NI day centre in Ballyclare, and Melanie Bradford, community officer, with members of the day centre who are always welcoming to new members and volunteers. INNT 49-002-FP

Age NI’s day centre in Ballyclare is on the look out for new volunteers to support people with dementia.

The centre is located on the ground floor of Ballyclare Town Hall and operates three days a week, offering respite for families with relatives living with dementia, as well as a range of activities, a hot meal and invaluable support to clients.

Michelle Reid, day centre manager, explained: “We are located in the heart of the community in Ballyclare Town Hall. It’s so important to have a safe, comfortable space where older people are supported to stay involved, remain active and where their contribution is valued. Age NI day centres provide these spaces which can be a lifeline to many older people.

“Our centre is always busy and we would love to have some extra help from people with a few hours to spare each week. We’re looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers who are interested in supporting older people with dementia to remain active and engaged. They will support staff, help to serve meals, assist with activities, encourage older people to participate, provide conversation and be part of a hard working team caring for older people with dementia in the local area.”

Mark Dyer, Age NI volunteer development manager, added: “Volunteering can be an immensely rewarding experience and there’s never a dull moment in an Age NI day centre. With so much to get involved in the hours fly by. Our volunteers tell us they love the variety of the role and that most of all, they enjoy building positive relationships with our clients.

“Our day centre in Ballyclare is pivotal in helping to improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation for people living with dementia and this is a great opportunity for local people to make a positive difference in the lives of older people.”

For more information about volunteering with Age NI, telephone Mark on 028 9089 2616 or email mark.dyer@ageni.org

 
 
 

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