Alzheimer's Society is the UK 's leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and around 3,000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.
Frequency: Once a month
On the 2nd Friday of each month from 14:00 until 16:00.
Volunteer role description
Role location: Bristol
Why we need you:
You'll play a key role in enabling people affected by dementia to engage in meaningful activities within a group setting and to socialise with others in a welcoming, relaxed and supportive environment.
What you’ll be doing:
• Helping to set up the room and tidying away at the end of the group.
• Preparing and distributing refreshments.
• Welcoming and talking to people affected by dementia.
• Assisting people affected by dementia to engage in activities.
• This role doesn’t involve providing personal care or giving advice or guidance.
This role will suit you if you:
• Have good verbal communication and listening skills.
• Enjoy meeting new people and being part of a team.
• Are aware of or are interested in learning about dementia and its impact on people.
• Can demonstrate empathy and compassion.
What you can expect from us:
• We will make you feel welcome, included and respected.
• You will receive one-to-one or group based support.
• You’ll have a role manager who will support you throughout your journey with us.
• Out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel) agreed before you start in line with our policy.
• We’ll keep you up to date with relevant policies and procedures that apply to your role.
• You’ll have access to learning, development and engagement opportunities for volunteers.
What we need from you:
To ensure the safety and security of people with dementia we ask for:
• Two references and proof of identity.
• Essential learning to complete before starting your role will take about two and a half days.
• To put the role into practice most effectively and to ensure a consistent service for people living with dementia this role is recommended to continue for at least 3 months.
• You will need to complete an enhanced without barred list DBS or Access NI check, in line with the legal requirements. A criminal record will not necessarily stop you being able to carry out this role.
Minimum commitment level: Once a month
Start Date: 10-01-2020