Alzheimer's Society Cymru
Ceredigion Volunteer Centre
ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE SERVICES TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DEMENTIA, INCLUDING DAY CARE AND HOME CARE, SUPPORT AND BEFRIENDING SERVICES ACROSS ENGLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN... Read moreView all opportunities
]Community Work, Older People, Disability and Health, Befriending, Caring, Mental Health
Volunteer befrienders offer social contact to people with dementia who are at high risk of social isolation due to their opportunities for taking part in meaningful leisure activities and hobbies being greatly reduced. Our "Side By Side" befriending service, offers a fantastic opportunity for people with Dementia to continue enjoying social activities and hobbies which they may have otherwise found impossible to do unsupported. By providing companionship and enabling continuation of appropriate social and/or recreational pastimes, our volunteer befrienders support people to live well with Dementia within their local community and home settings.
/ Working with children and/or vulnerable adults
/ May have opportunity to use Welsh language whilst volunteering
/ Required to use own vehicle
/ Required to use own vehicle insurance
Premises type: At service user's home and various community based settings
Public transport: Dependent on where volunteer lives, but we endeavor to match volunteers who use public transport to service users who are close to a bus route/train station
Is this role flexible? Yes. Following training, we hope that you will be able to offer 2 or 3 hours each week or each fortnight, and provide continuity for at least a 6 month period. These hours will initially be during office hours Monday – Friday. Other times can be discussed with our Befriending manager.
Min hours expected per week: 2 hours
Min period of commitment: 6 months.
Requirements: No special or specific qualifications are required and this opportunity may be ideal if you are caring and: • Know about, or are willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people • Have good face to face communication skills • Are happy to volunteer in isolation, yet understand you are part of a team • Recognise the importance of confidentiality • Are prepared to undergo an induction into the role, and attend necessary training and similar learning activities to help you in your role.
/ Induction/ One to one supervision/ Peer support
Volunteers will be carrying out the activities:
Additional support needs:
Training provided: Yes. A full induction for the role will be provided by the Alzheimer’s Society. Ongoing training and development opportunities will also be given as well as one to one support. All volunteers receive dementia awareness, safeguarding, personal safety and data protection workshops.
Age requirements: 18 - 99
/ Application form/ Informal discussion/ References/ Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
"Out of pocket" expenses refunded for the following:
/ Transport/ Food allowance