Dementia Group Volunteer

Age UK Bristol
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bristol/get-involved/volunteer-with-us/
Contract Type: 
Volunteer
Hours: 
2.5 - 3 hours per week on Wednesday afternoons
Location: 
Bristol
Details of Role: 

Dementia Group Volunteer Role Description

Introduction

At Age UK Bristol we help make sure that everyone in Bristol can love later life. We do this by supporting and empowering older people, helping other organisations to work together, and championing the interests of older people in the city.

Our organisational objectives are to:

Provide top-quality services and support to all older people in Bristol.

Lead and enable collaboration between other organisations working with older people in Bristol

Influence public spending and policies in a way that benefits older people in the city

Promote positive attitudes to ageing in Bristol

We do this by:

Providing quality information

Delivering quality services

Involving older people

Giving older people a voice

Working in partnership

Maintaining an effective organisation

Volunteers are important and valued members of the team at Age UK Bristol. We will do our best to make your volunteer experience enjoyable and rewarding.

Purpose of Dementia Group role

Age UK Bristol is developing Memory Connections, Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Groups (MCST) for people with mild to moderate dementia. Groups are friendly and relaxed although they have theory and structure behind them. Volunteers will:

Assist a Project Co-ordinator to deliver weekly face-to-face groups

Host a carers Tea and Chat Group which will run parallel to the face-to-face MCST group.

The role of a Memory Connections volunteer is to:

help all participants be involved in the group activities and develop a sense of belonging,

encourage an enjoyable and friendly experience

make refreshments for the carers group and encourage sociable chat.

For the groups, each volunteer will need:

To be able to travel to the Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Bishopsworth.

The qualities and skills required for this role are:

Good verbal communication skills to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible and encourage shyer participants

Reliability and punctuality - groups need to run to time

Organisation skills to help the Co-ordinator run the sessions to a schedule

Ability to raise concerns re risk or safeguarding issues

Ability to access support from the Age UK Bristol team if required, attend essential training and volunteer support sessions.

Training

We offer induction, training and other relevant training opportunities to enable you to fulfil this volunteer role.

Hours

We are currently asking for a minimum of three hours/week.

Location and timings

Withywood Group, Wednesdays, 2.45-5.15pm. New Beginnings Day Centre, Withywood Centre, Queens Rd, Withywood, BS13 8QA.

Expenses

We reimburse all reasonable expenses associated with the role, for instance travel costs.

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Jay Wilkinson | Volunteer Coordinator

Email: jaywilkinson@ageukbristol.org.uk

Phone: 0117 440 4303

 

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 5 July, 2022 - 12:15
How to Apply: 

Please download a Volunteer Application Form from our Volunteering webpage or from this Voscur ad. Fill in and return via email to jaywilkinson@ageukbristol.org.uk Alternatively you can print out and post to Age UK Bristol, FAO Jay Wilkinson, Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BY

Contact Person: 
Jay Wilkinson
Contact Email: 
jaywilkinson@ageukbristol.org.uk