Community Group Volunteer - South Ayrshire
- South Ayrshire
- Contact name
- Catherine Davidson
- [email protected]
- 07788 253234
The purpose of this role is to support a range of community groups Alzheimer Scotland operate. This includes the Football Reminiscence initiative, Musical Minds, art groups and friendship groups. This list is not exhaustive and this role may support in a range of community groups.
Volunteer befrienders will be required to befriend people with dementia in South Ayrshire and neighbouring towns where possible.
We have activities and learning workshops across Ayrshire that people with dementia and their carers like to attend. Our staff require the help of volunteers in several ways including setting up activity rooms, making teas and coffees, preparing lunches, meeting and greeting, distributing flyers and chatting to people living with dementia and their carers. If you are friendly, enthusiastic, enjoy working with people and trying new things, one of these opportunities will be great for you. Dementia awareness training will be provided and Alzheimer Scotland will also provide PVG scheme memberships to successful applicants.
Restrictions: Volunteers for this role must be over 16 years old. This role is subject to a standard police check by Disclosure Scotland which Alzheimer Scotland will provide.
Skills/Experience: We are looking for applicants who are sociable, friendly, reliable and caring and who enjoy working with people on different activities as part of a group. It is preferred but not essential to have previous experience working with people with dementia as training will be provided.
Training: Volunteers are expected to complete our ‘Dementia Friends’ training which is a one hour session with our Dementia Advisor for South Ayrshire. Any further training needs will be identified.
Expenses: Paid weekly by arrangement
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
The staff and volunteers were very warm, welcoming and extremely friendly the day I arrived.
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!