We want to take Volunteer Week 2018 as an opportunity to say a big thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time every single day to help people living with dementia and the support our important work.
Well over an incredible 900 volunteers currently give up any spare time they have to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Lorraine McCormick from Kirkcaldy currently volunteers as part of the Befriending Connexions programme in Fife (which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery), “I do enjoy the one to one time I have with the woman who I have befriended. It’s very fulfilling.”
Befriending Connexions offers people living with dementia regular contact from a person who Alzheimer Scotland has recruited to be partnered as a Befriender for companionship and to help support and improve mental and social wellbeing.
Volunteers are matched with someone living with dementia and will spend time in the person’s own home chatting about their common interests and life experiences or finding out about new things the person would like to see or try. This can motivate people to gain the confidence to take up old hobbies and interests again, and encourage people to take part in local groups and activities. In some areas volunteers also support people living in care homes and hospitals.
Lorraine added, ““It’s up to them where we go: if they want to go shopping, we go shopping. If they just want a run in the car or a quick coffee then we do just that. Nothing is structured – we do what they want.”
Volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland is a fantastic way to show your support people living with dementia and make a real difference. We rely a great deal on the contribution made by the amazing people who give their time on a voluntary basis.
When asked what she would say to someone who was thinking about volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland, Lorraine replied, “Do come along! It’s the most fulfilling thing that you can ever do. It’s a pleasure, I really would recommend it to anyone.”
Feeling inspired? You don’t need any specific experience or qualifications to become an Alzheimer Scotland volunteer. We look for people who are warm, friendly, caring and honest, who are open and tolerant and sensitive to other people’s needs. If that sounds like you then find out more.