Forget me not service volunteer – Glasgow
- Bridgeton Dementia Resource Centre, 11 Bridgeton Cross, G40 1BN
- Contact name
- Sian Hunter
- [email protected]
- 0141 418 5953
The Forget me not service supports people with dementia in care homes and hospital wards who may be isolated and feeling alone, by matching them up with a volunteer. Befrienders offer companionship and support to do the things they enjoy. This can be anything from visiting the local café, garden area, going for walks, visiting community events, or simply just chatting.
Do I need qualifications?
No experience is necessary as Induction and ongoing support will be given. We are looking for people (18years and above) with a couple of hours per week to spare. We welcome people from all backgrounds who are patient, understanding and with good communication skills.
Will volunteering cost me anything?
No. We will pay out of pocket expenses.
Are any checks made before I start?
We will ask you to fill in an application form which includes the names and contact details of two referees. As this volunteering involves contact with vulnerable people, you will be required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. We will assist you with the application
What sort of training is offered?
Induction training is given to increase your understanding of dementia, to discuss communication and behaviour issues. Also, to give you an awareness of the values and principles of Alzheimer Scotland. We aim to ensure that you feel confident in your befriending role.
What support will I receive?
You will receive ongoing support from the volunteer coordinator, both by phone and face to face. You can also contact the volunteer co-ordinator at any time. There will be opportunities for meeting up with other volunteers and sharing experiences
To find out more about the service, please click here.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of this work, over a five-year period, by:
What you can get out of volunteering
Volunteering at Alzheimer Scotland provides you with the opportunity to develop and build on skills, knowledge and experience and at the same time as making a difference to lives around you who are connected to the organisation. Volunteer with Alzheimer Scotland and gain an all encompassing enjoyable and rewarding experience.
How volunteering helped me
I couldn’t believe that just talking to someone for half an hour could really improve their quality of life.
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!