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If you would like to make a difference, why not volunteer? 

It's a great way to 

  • make a real difference to someone's life
  • meet new people
  • use your skills or learn new ones
  • use your spare time
  • help in your local community

Here are volunteer opportunities to help people with dementia

It's a great way to 

  • make a real difference to someone's life
  • meet new people
  • use your skills or learn new ones
  • use your spare time
  • help in your local community

Here are volunteer opportunities to help people with dementia

Memory Navigator

What you will be doing

You will be providing telephone support 2 hours per week and proactively calling people with dementia, people with memory concerns, and also carers of people with these conditions.
These calls will signpost callers to various services, offer information, support and listen. You will take details to register callers and make review calls to those who are already registered. You will enter basic details of the caller and their call onto our database.


About the navigation service

The navigation service is a helpline for people living with dementia or memory concerns, and for people who care for someone with these conditions. This helpline is accessible 5 days a week.
Once someone has registered to the service they will also receive a regular proactive telephone call, to promote the feeling of being supported and encourage use of support services.

What we are looking for

Committment and reliability
A good telephone manner, with excellent listening skills.
Computer literate, experience of using a database would be an advantage.
Experience of undertaking telephone support work or of signposting would be helpful.
Empathy and understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and adherence to the confidentiality policy.
The ability to get to know local services in order to signpost the caller to something relevant to them.
Understanding of boundaries/safeguarding and ability to escalate a call to a support worker if necessary.

What you will get from this role

Join a small friendly team and meet new people
Regular times fixed around your circumstances
Gain experience in social care and telephone support work
Access to training
Named contact/ member of staff
One to one and/or group based support/supervision
Access to training on a range of subjects and skills

What others say

Mark says "I signed up because I want to help vulnerable people who sometimes get passed from pillar to post through no fault of their own. I am a carer myself so I have some insight into what people face when dealing with services"

Jewels says "I first got involved to keep my skills up as my background is in help and advice. I also find it’s good for my own emotional wellbeing. I get a buzz from putting the pieces of the jigsaw together for people – unless someone tells you what is out there, it can be hard to find the right advice and support"

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy helper

About the role
You will work in a small team alongside an accredited session leader to support weekly group sessions based on the structure of recognised Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST).

You will support group members to join in with activities, offer refreshments and help prepare and deliver creative and other activities. You may run the sessions yourself if you become accredited after 1 days training. You may also give general support to the carers group which meets in tandem to the CST sessions.

About Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a recommended therapy based on stimulating activities and exercises in a group. People find this helps memory and communication. The aim of the group is to provide an opportunity for those with early stage dementia to meet with others in similar situation and offer support and a shared understanding of their situation. To have fun in a relaxed and supportive environment and to provide some time out for attendees and give them and their carers a break from each other. 

There are 14 weekly 1 hour sessions, which follow the same general pattern and provide a choice of activities to cater for the interests of group members. Each week there is a theme – for example ‘Holidays’ where the group has ice cream and discuss where they might go in the world if money were no object.

This is a new area for Carers in Bedfordshire and is part of our expanding suite of memory services. CST currently runs in Leighton Buzzard, with staff and three accredited volunteers (Monday 11 – 12 noon). We plan to run in other locations and to offer follow up sessions.

What we are looking for

No previous experience is necessary
Committment and reliability
Empathy and understanding of the needs of people with memory loss and their carers
Confident in group settings and ability to contribute to planning and evaluation of sessions
Willing to make and offer refreshments
An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and adherence to the confidentiality policy
2 hours a week – the team meets 30 minutes before and after each 1 hour session

What you get out of this

Join a small friendly team and meet new people
Gain experience in social care and group support work on an accredited programme

What others say

"Over time we’ve had the privilege of seeing people come alive , reveal a sense of humour and engage with each other as members of a close knit group. It’s a win/win situation for both participants and volunteers." 

Dementia befriender

What you will be doing

You will be supporting people with dementia living in their own home. Volunteers offer social support and a range of stimulating and meaningful person centred activities. Visits enable family carers to take a short break knowing that the person they care for is in a safe and supportive environment.

About us

Carers in Bedfordshire is a registered charity that exists to help and support family carers and past carers within the county.

A family carer can be a relative or friend who looks after someone on a regular basis without payment (other than a Carer's Allowance). We include past carers and carers who look out for a relative or a friend living in a care home; and parent carers, young carers and sibling and young adult carers. We provide help and information, a newsletter, training, a social programme, carer support groups, pampering sessions and emotional support.

What we are looking for

Committment and reliability
Empathy and an understanding of the needs of people with dementia
Willingness to work alone and in accordance with our lone working policy
Versatility and the ability to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the person with dementia
An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and adherence to the confidentiality policy.
2 hours per week for visits and attendance at a peer support session once every 3 months.

How will you be supported in this role

Named contact/member of staff
One-to-one and/or group based support/supervision
To receive relevant training
You will be reimbursed expenses

 

What you will get from this role

Join a small friendly team and meet new people
Regular times fixed around your circumstances
Gain experience in social care and telephone support work
Access to training
Named contact/ member of staff
One to one and/or group based support/supervision
Access to training on a range of subjects and skills

What others say

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