The Southend Dementia Community Support Team are looking for volunteers to help support people living with dementia engage and participate at a variety of groups.
Roles are flexible, so please do get in touch if you think you can help in any way. We have volunteers aged 19-80 from a variety of backgrounds. We welcome people to come and try a session before completing the application process. An enhanced DBS is required for all the roles. All groups are facilitated by a member of the Dementia Community Support Team.
As one of our volunteers told us:
“I would recommend volunteering for the Dementia Community Support Team to anyone of any age, gender or ethnicity as you can provide a role in the lives with people living with dementia. You will meet a wonderful group of individuals, be part of a team and benefit from improving and sustaining your own, and others, wellbeing.”
These are some of the volunteering options:
Men’s Motivational Group – Tuesday 2 – 4pm
This is a group aimed at men living with dementia. We have some chaps who can play snooker independently and just need someone to keep watch of the game; others need more assistance with which ball to hit and knowing whose shot it is. Others would rather sit and chat, or play games such as draughts, dominos or cards. Volunteers help with all this and get the chance to join in the games and fun.
Activity group – Thursdays 2 – 4pm
This is a mixed group for fun and socialisation. We have some attendees that like to sit and chat, some like colouring in, others like quizzes/crossword/word searches. Sometimes we have whole group activities. There is table tennis/pool and table football at the venue, as well as a CD and record player, everyone is free to bring along their favourite album to play and talk about. Volunteers help the clients to take part in their chosen activity and help with the refreshments.
Music and Memories – Fridays 2 – 4pm
This is a mixed group that offers the chance to have a sing along. We are not a choir so a perfect singing voice is not required. The group sing a variety of songs from all decades and genres.
Volunteers’ help with setting up the space, issuing name stickers, handing out song sheets, encourage participation, making tea/coffee and handing out biscuits. Some volunteer are also able to play a musical instrument which really is a bonus.
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You can also contact Lorraine Rahmy Dementia Network Co-ordinator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01702 534772