Glasgow Befriending Project Volunteer
- Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre, 11 Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, G40 1BN
- Contact name
- Chris Kelly
- [email protected]
- 0141 418 3943
Glasgow Alzheimer Scotland have an exciting new partnership with Celtic FC Foundation for two significant initiatives. These include our extremely popular ‘Lions Lunches’ and ‘Dementia Befrienders’ respectively. We will be working together to support people and carers to challenge dementia, ensuring we have enjoyable and therapeutic opportunities for people living in Glasgow.
We are seeking volunteers to support and enable the development of these projects. Volunteers can also develop skills and gain confidence for themselves, encouraging a greater understanding of dementia and social inclusion in their own communities. Also gain life experiences to further career and education opportunities or maybe to “give something back” to the community.
Our volunteers can undertake a variety of opportunities:
Befriend people with dementia; in a community group, meeting with them at home and care home/hospital environment. Spending some time with people; if fit going for walks or for coffee, reminiscence and other social activities; enabling carers to take a break from caring.
Assist at The Lions Lunch which provides people with dementia the opportunity to share a lunch and enjoy a weekly group activity with their family/friends and carers at Celtic Park.
Support people who attend community events at our Glasgow Resource Centre in Bridgeton and other community groups based throughout Glasgow: Dementia cafés, Musical Minds, Football Reminisce, Picture House and interested in assisting with administration/fundraising. Opportunities are available in our supported accommodation service at Croftspar Place too.
Our aim is for people with dementia never to feel isolated and alone, with our befrienders offering companionship and support to do the things they enjoy.
Do I need qualifications?
No experience is necessary as Induction and ongoing support will be given. We are looking for people (16years 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
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.