Side by Side Volunteer

Across Bristol
Volunteer role
20 Apr 2019
02 Jul 2019
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Long Term

Why we need you:

Side by Side is our fun, friendly, flexible volunteering opportunity to enable people living with Dementia to keep doing the things they love and stay connected in their community.  From watching the football to catching a movie, you’ll be helping people to keep on doing the things they enjoy – and try new things too.


What you’ll be doing:

  • We will pair you up with someone with dementia based on common interests you share.  You will then regular meet up to take part in activities together or maybe try something new.
  • To give advice to people living with dementia and signpost them to services to enable them to live well
  • Assisting and supporting people living with dementia
  • Communicating regularly with the coordinator and/or lead volunteers


This role will suit you if you:

  • Want to support, enable and empower people with dementia 
  • Are a good verbal communicator with great listening skills, especially face to face
  • Are happy volunteering on your own and keeping in touch with your team
  • Can provide a committed, flexible approach and who is willing to learn


What you can expect from us:

  • Training, guidance and support to ensure safeguarding and service standards
  • You’ll have a role manager who will support you throughout your journey with us
  • Out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel) agreed before you start in line with our policy
  • We’ll keep you up to date with relevant policies and procedures that apply to your role
  • You’ll have access to our personal development framework for volunteers


What we need from you:

To ensure the safety and security of people with dementia we ask for:

  • Two references & proof of identity
  • A commitment of at least 6 months
  • Essential learning & training to be complete before starting in your role.  This will be half a day face to face training and online training too.
  • You may be asked to complete a DBS or Access NI check, in line with the DBS authority’s guidance. A criminal record will not necessarily stop you being able to carry out this role

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