HoW College students stand ‘Side by Side’ with Dementia patients

30 May 2017

HoW College students stand ‘Side by Side’ with Dementia patients


Health and Social care students from Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) have been standing ‘side by side’ with Dementia patients over the past academic year, as they participated in a volunteering project with Alzheimer’s Society.

‘Side by Side’ is an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, where people living with Dementia are visited on the wards by volunteers who talk to and comfort patients who find themselves in hospital. As part of their work experience module 14 students from the College visited Worcester Royal Hospital, spending time talking with patients to help reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Jade Gormley a current HoW College Health and Social Care student said:

“I’m studying Health and Social Care at College and saw this opportunity come up and thought I could offer my time and help benefit people living with Dementia.

“It’s a really different atmosphere on the wards to my course, and I feel proud that I can help these patients in some way”.

Ade Couper who runs the ‘Side by Side’ initiative said: “Without these volunteers the service wouldn’t be able to run. The commitment of our volunteers is central to providing that support for our people with dementia in this hospital.”

HoW College prides itself on offering students the opportunity to participate in a variety of work experience and volunteering programmes to enhance their studies as well as building on knowledge and skills for future employment.

The College currently has a further seven students undertaking training that with will allow them to volunteer with the ‘Side by Side’ project over the summer and from September onwards.