VOLUNTEER befrienders are being sought in Newport to help improve the lives of people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society wants to recruit befrienders to provide companionship, and matches people up based on their personalities and common interests.

Sally Guy, befriending manager for Alzheimer's Society in Gwent said that with the support of befrienders, people with dementia are able to continue to do things they love.

"Life doesn’t stop when a person is diagnosed with dementia. People often still want to do the things they enjoyed doing before, such as watching sport, playing golf or taking a walk in the countryside, but they might need some extra support," she said.

"This service offers the perfect opportunity for volunteers to help people with dementia to continue to feel a part of their community and to do the things they enjoy."

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, contact Sally Guy on 07703886125 or e-mail Sally.Guy@alzheimers.org.uk