It’s estimated one in four of all patients in hospital have some form of dementia. It’s a stressful and heartbreaking condition for patients and their families, with sufferers experiencing confusion, loss of memory and often a changed personality.

These symptoms often worsen once someone with dementia is admitted to the unfamiliar surroundings of a hospital ward. Even with good care from health professionals, patients often still feel confused and bewildered.

We need more volunteers to help these patients, joining a small but established team of dementia befrienders. These compassionate volunteers sit with patients, talking to them about times past, playing games, showing them photos – in other words stimulating mind and memory. New volunteers will receive training and will be mentored for three ward sessions.

For more information please call 01702 435555 ext 6135 or email jane.oconnell@southend.nhs.uk