Our volunteers' experience of working with Alzheimer Scotland.
I couldn’t believe that just talking to someone for half an hour could really improve their quality of life.
It’s a role that suits me really well for lots of reasons.
I’m 78 and I have Alzheimer’s disease - that’s why I wanted to volunteer, to help other people with the same condition. I feel that I am doing well and other people can as well.
I volunteer with Alzheimer Scotland where I attend the Day Centre once a week, take part in fund-raising and serve on the branch committee. It keeps me busy!
To people thinking about volunteering, I would say come and join Alzheimer Scotland!
Volunteer for the local Alzheimers Scotland branch
The staff and volunteers were very warm, welcoming and extremely friendly the day I arrived.
Some peace of mind
The volunteer obviously provided a person-centred service, showing genuine interest and valuing Dad’s life and interests
Volunteering with the Scottish Dementia Working Group
The volunteer work I do is really varied; helping out with monthly meetings, interviewing members about their experiences of setting up audio-visual equipment – I’ve even accompanied a member to a European Parliament meeting in Brussels!
Each day can be different at the Centre
Each day can be different at the Centre, your day can be rewarding, challenging, encouraging, fun, as well as sadness when a service user becomes ill and passes away.
Volunteering at a day centre
The day I attended the Day Centre and saw the work that was carried out there, and also the warm, welcoming and very caring staff, I knew this was the place that I wanted to be involved in as a volunteer.