Our Side by Side service helps people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love and try new things. From going to the football to catching the latest movie – our aim is to ensure it brings happiness into someone’s life… and lots of smiles.
Frequency: 1+ hours per week
Why we need you: As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable people living with dementia to keep doing the things they love. You will enable them to stay connected in their communities and build their confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities.
What you’ll be doing:
- Participating in activities you share an interest in with a person with dementia to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
- 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 living 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:
· We will make you feel welcome, included and respected
· 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 learning, development and engagement opportunities for volunteers
What we need from you:
To ensure the safety and security of people living with dementia we ask for:
· Two references & proof of identity
· To put the role into practice most effectively and to ensure a consistent service for people living with dementia this role is recommended to continue for at least 6 months.
· Essential learning to be completed before starting in your role will take about two and a half days - this will include face-to-face information sessions and e-learning modules.
· You will need to complete an enhanced without barred list DBS or Access NI check, in line with the legal requirements. A criminal record will not necessarily stop you being able to carry out this role.
Hours per week
1+ a week. How this is achieved is very flexible.
The service is really flexible. It can be done during the week/on an evening/weekends. Once a week/once a fortnight - whatever suits the partnership (volunteer and person living with dementia)
We provide approximately 2.5 days training. This is a mixture of e-learning and face to face training. This includes:
a Welcome to the Society
Introduction to Dementia
In the Scarborough/Whitby and Ryedale area
Benefits to self
This is a fantastic flexible opportunity to support people living with dementia and be part of a wonderful team. It develops a greater learning and understanding of the disease but helps individuals to realise that there is more to a person than a diagnosis of dementia.
Benefits to others
This service can really make a difference to peoples lives. It allows people to get re-connected to their communities and helps provide a structure to carry on doing the things that they love.
Depending upon the matching transport can be very flexible. Individual circumstances will be taken into account.
A minimum of 6 months commitment is required.
The Side by Side coordinator is constantly there for support. This is backed up with regular reviews and volunteer drop in sessions to provide opportunities to connect.
Yes, expenses are covered and detailed in the expenses policy.