Remembering our own names, where we live and what we have to do in a particular moment is a given for many of us. These simple details and reliance on memory is something most of us take for granted. However, one day it might not always be that easy. Dementia currently affects around 850,000 people across the UK, including around 2,800 people in York. But it affects more than that. It affects the families, loved ones and close friends too. The UK’s leading charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, is calling for volunteers in York to get involved and offer their support.
It can be easy to get bogged down in academic work, essay deadlines and all of the educational strains that come with studying for any degree. However, it is also important to take a break and do something else. Volunteering is an excellent example of something different from degree life, and something extra to add to your CV. Volunteering will also make you feel good, and like you are making a real difference to your community. More and more volunteers are needed now, more than ever. Maybe you should take that step.
Volunteers for Alzheimer’s Research UK are appealing to the citizens of York for help to raise awareness and vital funds that are needed towards researching this crippling disease. The NHS is in a crisis, there are lack of funds in all areas of healthcare. Therefore, volunteers are currently valued more than ever. Dementia is a horrendous disease that not only affects the victim, but everyone around them. The more volunteers we have, the more money and awareness that is raised and thus, the more that can be done towards researching this disease.
If you have any spare time, your help would be extremely appreciated. To get involved, you can contact Claire Priestwood on 07799 902428 or claire.priestwood@
As well as appealing for new volunteers, the York dementia campaign are also looking for people to get involved to help out at a collection at Tesco Extra at Askham Bar, Tadcaster Road, York, on Saturday 24 February.
If you are looking to do something different, asides from your degree and University related things, this could be the opportunity for you. It will be beneficial to you and your community and anyone (or families) suffering from this disease. So take the plunge if you can. Extra information can be found below and by following the provided links.