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Shift8*- Tovertafel Buddy

Details of the Charity:

Shift8* is committed to changing the world by introducing socially responsible and life changing products to UK & Ireland. Our first product is called Tovertafel (Magic Table).

Tovertafel (which means Magic Table in Dutch) is a series of games for people with moderate to severe dementia and adults with severe learning disabilities, encouraging them to instinctively participate in order to stimulate both physical and social activity. The games consist of a series of interactive light animations which are projected on any table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia and/or learning disabilities to be active. Tovertafel was developed during the ongoing PhD research of our Dutch friend Hester Le Riche in collaboration with dementia care homes and therefore closely matches their needs and capabilities.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

We are recruiting volunteers on behalf of Uxbridge Library to run and facilitate Tovertafel sessions at the Library open to the public 2 hours a week.

Based at Tovertafel – help promote the use of Tovertafel with people living with dementia and their carers or adult or kids with Learning Disabilities.

Make everyone coming through the library aware that Tovertafel is there and show them how they can use it and get them comfortable using it.



Skills Required:

  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Patience
  • Reliability
  • Good communication skills
  • Sensitive to people living with differences, and their carers

Additional Benefits:

  • The opportunity to develop new skills, e.g  improved communication, ability to handle challenging situations, how to coordinate a group of individuals, developing soft skills such as patience, empathy, independent working, compiling reports, improved self confidence, and gaining an insight into the wider issues concerning healthcare in the UK. 

  • Work and life experience alongside those living on their dementia journey. 

  • Be a part of transforming the lives of people living with mid-to- late stage dementia and in turn the lives of their loved ones and carers - and perhaps even increase their visits!
  • Help our team change the world by introducing socially responsible and life changing products.
  • All hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record.
  • Hours volunteered will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Award Ceremony.
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?