Volunteer: Training for Informal Carers Group Support, Portadown

Closing date is: 
18 Oct 2017
The group support volunteer role is essential to support staff, family members and friends of those who care for people with dementia who are attending Training for Informal Carers.

 

What will you be doing?

  • Talking and listening to people with dementia and their carers in a sensitive and supportive way
  • Being aware of practical and emotional needs, referring more complex issues to specialist Society staff as appropriate
  • Providing basic information, including fact sheets and similar Society materials
  • Providing support and encouraging people to share their experiences for the benefit of themselves and/or the wider group as appropriate
  • Assisting with the serving of food and refreshments where this is relevant to the activity
  • Joining in with social activities that benefit the individual and/or group 
  • Keeping accurate and appropriate records of group activities where applicable
  • Attending events to promote Training for Informal Carers, handling and carrying materials etc
  • Informing appropriate colleagues about how well things are going and to make constructive comments on how to improve the experience of the service users
  • Learning about and following Alzheimer's Society health and safety standards at all times (including food hygiene where relevant)
  • Developing an understanding of Alzheimer's Society activities and other local services so that questions/enquiries can be handled well
  • Being aware of and committed to Society policies and procedures

Will the role be suitable for you?

The role may be ideal for you if you have:

  • An interest in volunteering to support people with dementia
  • Knowledge of or a willingness to learn about dementia and how it can affect individuals, their families and carers
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to be calm, patient and caring
  • Ability to show empathy
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to complete basic records in writing (where relevant)
  • Ability to volunteer within service boundaries
  • An understanding of and commitment to confidentiality
  • A willingness to learn about, and be committed to, the Society's expectations around values and behaviours
  • A commitment to teamwork with volunteers and staff from a variety of backgrounds
  • A commitment to attend relevant learning and development workshops

How will you be supported in this role?

  • You will have a locally named manager
  • There will be one-to-one and/or group based support services

How much time will you need to give?

  • This role is flexible. We do hope you will be able to offer a few hours each week during a number of local Training for Informal Carers programmes

How will Alzheimer's Society support you?

  • You will receive relevant induction for the role
  • You will benefit from ongoing training and other development opportunities
  • You will be reimbursed agreed out of pocket expenses in accordance iwth Society policy.

Interested in this volunteering opportunity?

Please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer at [email protected] or ring 028 71384570

Contact Information
Rosario Mc Hugh
Portadown
028 71 384570