Side by Side volunteer opportunity

Description of the role:

You may support a person with dementia to do the following; go to their local park, the cinema, pick up an old hobby, visit local museums, try a new leisure activity or just stay at home and chat. There is also an option to provide telephone support, where you can chat over the phone to the person with dementia if they prefer this.

These activities could take place during the day, at a weekend or on an evening.
A level of commitment is expected, e.g. so many hours per week or a month from you to support the person living with dementia to continue to stay active / involved in society.
A minimum of 6 months commitment will be expected once relevant checks have taken place

What will I be doing?
Enabling a person living with dementia to maintain actively involvement in their own home or community
Providing one to one support to enable people living with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests as agreed during the assessment process carried out by the Side by Side manager
Creating / facilitating opportunities for participation in leisure and social activities
Enabling a person with dementia to engage with activities in a safe and enjoyable environment
Maintaining accurate written updates

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying, Fundraising
Availability required:

M T W T F S S
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

What skills are needed?

The role may be suitable if you:
 Want to help people with dementia stay active
 Are passionate about supporting people with dementia to improve their quality of life
 Know about, or are willing to learn about dementia and its impact on people
 Have good verbal communication and listening skills, especially face to face
 Are happy to volunteer remotely, yet understand you are part of a team
 Recognise the importance of confidentiality, and show this in practice
 Are prepared to undergo an induction into the role and attend necessary training and similar learning activities to help you in your role
 Are keen to provide a high standard of service
 Have satisfactory literacy skills
 Have the ability to volunteer within service boundaries
 Are comfortable to follow policies, procedures and guidance
 Are committed to inclusion, treating people from all backgrounds with dignity

What skills will be learned / gained?

You will have the opportunity to:
 Develop and build on your skills and experience in the Health Social Care and Community context
 Learn new skills and receive training and development to support you within this role
 You will have the option to partake in peer learning and development opportunities
 You will support a person with dementia to live more independently
 Enable a person with dementia to enjoy a better quality of life
 Sharing your enjoyment from activities with others
 Enhance and expand your CV
 Partake in a new and exciting service.
 Reduce the impact dementia has on the lives around you
 Pioneer change and dispel the stigma of dementia
 The opportunity to become a Dementia Friend

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: Yes
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

Being minimum 18 years old

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

- Safeguarding training
- Dataprotecting
- Dementia modules
- Health and safety

Extra information:

How will I be supported during my volunteering?
You will be supported by the Side by Side manager and or a manager specified locally.

Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy
Liaising with and reporting to the Side by Side manager on a regular basis, including changes or concerns regarding the service user, as well as discussing personal learning and development needs
Keeping up to date with the Alzheimer’s Society’s policies and procedures.

The impact you’ll make..

Side by Side volunteers provide agreed support to people with dementia this could be either by visiting them in their home or enabling them to stay active, taking part in appropriate social and recreational activities in their community. Your involvement aims to help people to feel less isolated enabling the person to focus on their strengths to remain active and confident, by:

Enabling a person with dementia to maintain active involvement in their own home or community

Providing one to one support to enable people with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests as agreed during the assessment process carried out by the Side by Side manager

Creating / facilitating opportunities for participation in leisure and social activities

Enabling a person with dementia to engage with activities in a safe and enjoyable environment

Maintaining accurate written updates

Liaising with and reporting to the Side by Side manager on a regular basis, including changes or concerns regarding the service user, as well as discussing personal learning and development needs

Keeping up to date with the Alzheimer’s Society’s policies and procedures.


About the Opportunity Host Organisation


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Host Organisation: Alzheimer's Society
Organisation Profile:

Alzheimer's Society is a United Kingdom care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers. It operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while its sister charities Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer's Society of Ireland cover Scotland and the Republic of Ireland respectively.