Case study: Taggart, volunteers at dementia cafes in Leeds

  • Laura Taggart, volunteers at a cafe in Leeds
  • Time commitment: approx two hours per fortnight

When Laura Taggart’s father was ill with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society provided the support she so desperately needed.

After her father’s death, it was a Dementia Champions training course that reminded her of their fantastic work and spurred her on to volunteer.

Laura said:

“I volunteer at two dementia cafes in Headingley, Leeds. We meet and greet, socialise, offer a sympathetic ear, and encourage people to take part in planned activities. It's simple and low-key, a chance for those with dementia, their carers and partners to get out and meet with others in a similar situation. There are important friendships made and sustained through these groups, an opportunity to catch up, and to share the detail of their often restricted daily lives.”

Laura’s top tips

  • Support a cause that matters to you
  • Think about the skills you can offer
  • Don’t over-commit yourself – do what you can