Dementia Buddy Volunteer

Volunteering can mean something different to everyone, for some it's the chance to give something back to the community. make a difference to peoples lives, learn new skills, to be around like minded people or just a fun thing to do with your spare time. At Age UK Tameside we believe volunteering gives our work added value, as it means we can support more older people in need of our service.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly
Availability:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

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Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

You will train to be a dementia buddy, supporting older people who attend our 131 Club and those who need broader support by:
- Being a friendly face to welcome people affected by dementia to Age UK Tameside groups and activities
- Chatting to people living with dementia at these groups/activities so carers can tap into important peer support
- Supporting people affected by dementia to attend groups in their community
- Going out into the community and into the client's house to assist with day to day tasks
- Being a friendly face to welcome people when they arrive at the 131 Club
- Encouraging 131 Club clients to join in with conversations and activities
- Providing mobility assistance for 131 Club clients who need it

Skill and Qualifications Required:

1 - Patience.
2 – A cheery demeanour.
3 – The ability to multi-task.
4 – Being able to think quickly.
5 – Punctuality.
6 – Willingness to learn.
7 – Being a good listener.
8 – Kindness and empathy.

Areas of Interest: Disability, Health and wellbeing, Older people, Social care, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment, Older people
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Age UK Tameside
Organisation Profile: Age UK Tameside is a local, independent charity, with more than 30 years' experience of supporting older people across Tameside and Glossop. We have an excellent track record of providing high-quality services that meet the changing needs of our growing, ageing population. We are here to help local older people remain safe, secure, active and independent. We offer a range of services to help people enjoy later life, including day support, information and advice, our Best Foot Forward falls prevention programme, community support, and support for anyone affected by dementia. We rely on the generosity of our community through volunteering, regular donations and support for our fundraising initiatives.
Charity number: 1142364