OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Befriender for adults with dementia, Creative Support

Hours: Up to 4 hours per week. Preferred days can be arranged with the volunteer although thiscreative black countr may limit the number of days a month we can offer.

Purpose of the role: Dementia can be extremely isolating for the person with the condition. We are looking for volunteers to befriend individuals with dementia, offering social and emotional support and reduce isolation.
This role would be perfect for someone looking to gain experience working with individuals with dementia or someone who has a few hours spare each week, who would like to give something back to their local community.

Suggested duties:
– To develop warm and trusting relationships with service users
– Reminiscence activities, games and puzzles
– Support to carry out hobbies, interests and skills
– Opportunity to share a hobby/activity
– To support service users with daily living skills
– Supporting individuals to access community facilities
– Encourage service user decision making
– Encourage service users to communicate their needs through verbal and non verbal communication
– Reporting any changes in service user health/wellbeing to Creative Support
– Reporting any safeguarding concerns to Creative Support and the Local authority Safeguarding contact
Location: Dudley borough, DY8, DY9, B63 AND B64

Lone-working with vulnerable adults in their home/community so there are the following requirements: 18+, full


Creative Support will refund to volunteers any genuine out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of volunteering with Creative Support; this will normally be limited to expenses incurred in carrying out volunteer activities with clients. However, we may agree as part of the Volunteer Agreement to pay travel expenses to and from base.

Work Experience:
This role will provide you with experience in the following areas:

– Professional development
– A positive and rewarding experience
– Meeting and understanding the needs of vulnerable adults and carers
– Communication skills
– Knowledge and experience of volunteering within the social care sector
– Confidence building
– Skills needed to gain employment
– Working with in a team and lone working

Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed a placement may ask the relevant Service Manager to provide them with a reference to prospective future employers.

– Interest in voluntary work
– A basic understanding of the needs of people with dementia
– Good communication skills
– Ability to work safely without direct supervision
– Ability to demonstrate unconditional positive regard to service users
– A common sense approach to problem solving

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Joanne Marsden
E-mail: joanne.marsden@creativesupport.org.uk
Website: www.creativesupport.co.uk

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