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Alzheimers Society – Dementia Café Group Support 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:

Dementia Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, family members and carers to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia, in an informal social environment and ask questions of professionals. They can also feature entertainment, speakers and activities.

Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of our group services, helping with:

  • Welcoming and talking to the services users and carers
  • Serving teas and coffees
  • Setting up the room before the session/clearing up the room after the session
  • Encouraging everyone to participate in group activities
  • Making sure that everyone has a great time and is safe throughout the session

The Dementia café in Hillingdon takes place fortnightly on Fridays, 10:30am – 12:30pm, at Hayes and Harlington Community Association, Albert Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 4HR.

For this volunteering role we do ask for a regular (fortnightly), ongoing commitment as much as possible.

We request two references and you will also be provided with and expected to participate in an induction and training (eLearning) before you start in your role.

Skills Required:

  • No special qualifications or experience needed
  • Know about, or are willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people
  • Committed to inclusion and treating people from all backgrounds with dignity
  • Enjoy meeting new people, demonstrating empathy and compassion
  • Good verbal communication skills especially face to face
  • Keen to provide a high standard of service
  • Can respect the need to volunteer within service boundaries
  • Comfortable with following guidance and procedures
  • Recognise the importance of confidentiality and can show this in practice
  • Comfortable with volunteering as part of a team of volunteers and employees
  • Prepared to complete induction into the role and attend necessary training
  • Able to attend future support meetings.

*DBS check required – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers

Additional Benefits:

  • 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
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?