Alzheimer's Society – Dementia Adviser Volunteer
Details of the Charity:
Dementia devastates lives. 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.
Let’s take on dementia together. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Whatever you do, unite with us against dementia.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
Our Dementia Adviser service offers information about all aspects of living with dementia and provides support to access services. Dementia Advisor Volunteers are an additional named contact that complements our Dementia Advisers, supporting individuals who have a diagnosis of dementia, or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis, as well as their immediate family and friends.
This may involve:
- Undertaking regular ‘keeping in touch’ telephone reviews calls to service users
- Inputting information onto the client database
- Meeting people (at the office or at home if required) to support them in accessing and understanding information
- Meeting people (at the office or at home if required) to support them in accessing services to which they have been signposted.
The role is based at our Hillingdon office: Alzheimer’s Society, Templeton Centre (Part of the United Reformed Church), Joel Street, Northwood Hills, Greater London, HA6 1NL.
We are looking for volunteers who can give a few hours/half a day per week, between Monday to Friday (9am-5pm), for at least 6 months.
- No special qualifications or experience needed
- Able to communicate clearly
- A good listener, able to identify people’s needs and respond according to their preferences
- An understanding or experience of dementia, or want to learn
- An understanding of the health and social care environment, or are willing to learn
- Able to maintain clear record keeping
- Basic IT skills
*DBS check required – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers
- Travel expenses reimbursed
- On-going support
- Wide range of training opportunities
- Events for volunteers to meet one another and share feedback
- Hours will be recorded on your H.E.A.R which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours volunteered will contribute towards the Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the end of the year