Befriending Volunteers - Renfrewshire
The befriending service is a unique partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, making sure no one faces dementia alone.
We are currently recruiting volunteers who can dedicate 1-2 hours weekly/fortnightly to:
- Provide companionship for people living with dementia who may be lonely or isolated
- Support people living with dementia to maintain interests and hobbies
- Enable people living with dementia to reconnect with groups and places in their community
Whether it's going for a cup of coffee, a stroll in the park or coming along to one of our singing groups, being a befriending volunteer is a hugely rewarding experience. Being a befriender is also a great way to increase your employment or further-education opportunities. You will gain a good understanding of dementia, experience of working in the third-sector and become an intergral part of a community of support networks. This is a great oportunity to meet new people and give something back.
What experience do you need?
None. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds who are patient, friendly and community-orientated. We provide a full induction for volunteers including dementia awareness training and offer on-going support to make sure you feel confident throughout your befriending experience.
Are Travel Costs included?
Yes, Alzheimer Scotland will cover all out-of-pocket expenses for befrienders
What you will need to do to volunteer
You will be asked to complete a short application form including the name and contact details of two referees. As this role involves working with vulnerable adults, you will also be required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Group (PVG) scheme, and if required, you will be given assistance with this application.
If you would like to know more about this opportunity please contact:
tel No: 0141 8871289
email: [email protected]
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 can’t praise the Alzheimer Scotland staff highly enough. They’ve been great to Bill and me all these years. I don’t know what we would have done without them!
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!