L-R Elizabeth Hopkinson, Jan Burrows,  Nicky Bennett

L-R Elizabeth Hopkinson, Jan Burrows,  Nicky Bennett

Royal Voluntary Service brings mobile support station to Shopping CentreA specialist health bus stopped off at Meadowhall last week to offer support to Dementia sufferers, their families and carers from across South Yorkshire.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) parked up at the region’s favourite Shopping Centre on Friday January 23 and provided support, advice and information to members of the public as well as raising awareness of the condition which affects 1 in 14 elderly people in the UK.

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce said: “As a local business, we try to raise awareness of programmes in South Yorkshire, of which Dementia Support is particularly important due to the nature of the illness. “

The mobile bus saw a steady flow of visitors throughout the day, with Jan Burrows, Dementia Support Manager for the Royal Voluntary Service, delighted by the turn out.

She said: “Meadowhall is a huge shopping destination with thousands of visitors passing through every day, so we are very pleased that Meadowhall gave us the opportunity to spend the day here, enabling us to recruit more volunteers.

“We are in an aging population, with a growing demand on the services we provide and we work hard to offer people across the city with our support. We’ve had a great day today with plenty of people coming to visit us and find out more about what we offer and how they can get involved. It has been a very successful day.”

Kiriti Bharadia, a volunteer for the RVS, added: “I’ve been volunteering for over a year now and have become quite involved with the service. Not only have I been able to help others, but the work has also helped develop me as a person. The service is great as well, as you are properly trained, you learn how to carry out an assessment and you are matched to suit the service users’ needs, whether that be a phone call every week or going for a stroll.”

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