Alzheimer's Society – Community Support Volunteer
Details of the Charity:
By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
We are the UK’s leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
Community Support volunteers provide invaluable, person centred opportunities for people living with dementia in their home and in their local community. You could enable someone to take part in social and recreational activities – staying connected to the things they love such as listening to music, enjoying a good conversation, keeping active in local community or leisure centre or giving someone the confidence to take part in groups. Your involvement will enable people with dementia, help them feel less isolated or lonely and focus on their individual strengths.
- Providing one to one support to enable people with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests or engage in new ones.
- Share your own skills, hobbies and interests to shape opportunities for people with dementia.
- Liaising with and reporting to the Community Support Manager on a regular basis, including changes or concerns regarding the service user, as well as discussing your personal learning and development needs.
- Following service standards, service specifications, service boundaries and recognising the range of policies and procedures that impact on the activity being carried out.
- This role does not provide personal care, such as cleaning, washing or physical support
The impact you’ll make…
- Reduce Isolation: Your role will enable people with dementia to be less lonely or isolated
- Help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love by giving them confidence and person centred support to stay involved or find new hobbies and interests.
How long and how often?
- Ongoing – A minimum of 6 months commitment once relevant checks have taken place.
- You will need to commit to an agreed number of hours each week or fortnight, usually the same day and time between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
- Good verbal communication and listening skills, especially face to face
- Happy to volunteer individually and remotely, yet understand you are part of a larger team
- You have desire to help people with dementia, stay involved and know about, or are willing to learn about dementia and its impact on people
- Enjoy learning new things and willing to quickly undertake training (online and in person)
- Recognise the importance of making people feel valued, treat people with respect and dignity, and have the ability to connect with people based on common interests.
- Able to follow policies, procedures and guidance and can volunteer within service boundaries
*DBS required – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers
- Develop and build on your skills and experience in Health Social Care and Community settings
- Learn new skills and enhance and expand your CV
- Quick access to training and development
- Access to support and on-going opportunities for personal and professional development
- You will be supported by the Community Support Manager.
- Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy, for example travel mileage.
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record.
- All hours volunteered will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May.