Dementia Adviser Support Volunteer - Truro

Location
Truro, Cornwall
Posted
25 Jul 2018
Closes
25 Oct 2018
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Expenses
Unpaid
Commitment
Long Term

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. We also fund research and are committed to contributing at last £10 million every year to reasearch to create a world without dementia.

Would you like to unite with us against dementia?

How does this role make a difference?

Dementia adviser volunteers provide a key role in supporting the dementia advisers to provide an effective information and signposting service, working with people who need additional support to access information or services they have been signposted to.

What will you be doing?

Be an additional named contact that complements the dementia adviser, supporting individuals who have a diagnosis of dementia, or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis, as well as their immediate family and friends.

Meet people (at home if required) to support them in accessing and understanding information.

Meet people (at home if required) to support them in accessing services to which they have been signposted.

Volunteers are good at adapting to local need. So this role description highlights the kind of activity you may be involved with. Any local variations will be discussed separately as part of the recruitment process.

Will the role be suitable for you?

No special qualifications or experience needed.

The role may be ideal for you if you:

- Are able to communicate clearly- Are a good listener, able to identify people's needs and respond according to their preferences- Have empathy- Have an understanding or experience of dementia, or want to learn- Have an understanding of the health and social care environment, or are willing to learn- Are able to maintain clear record keeping

How will you be supported in this role?

You will receive support from volunteer support staff and your dementia adviser. You will also receive one-to-one and group support from other dementia adviser volunteers.

How much time will you need to give?

This role is flexible. You need to be able to commit to a minimum of half a day per week and to maintain continuity over at least a year.

How will Alzheimer's Society support you?

You will receive relevant induction for the roleYou will benefit from ongoing training and other development opportunitiesYou will be provided with one-to-one and/or group based supportYou will be reimbursed your agreed out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with Society policy.

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