Dementia Group Volunteer Role Description
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.
We offer induction, training and other relevant training opportunities to enable you to fulfil this volunteer role.
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.
We reimburse all reasonable expenses associated with the role, for instance travel costs.
For further information please contact:
Jay Wilkinson | Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 0117 440 4303