What are Empowerment Groups?
At our group meetings we invite external organisations and care providers along to give them a unique opportunity to seek the views and lived experiences of people with dementia. The empowerment groups and members aim to raise awareness about dementia and challenge the stigma that many people face daily.
Dementia NI promote more opportunities for learning for people living with dementia including developing new skills, such as learning to use tablet computers and also utilizing existing skills and knowledge that they may have. Our group members regularly attend events as representatives of Dementia NI, all of which they may require transport to and from.
Where and When?
Our Empowerment groups are being developed in each health trust area across Northern Ireland. Groups vary in frequency, depending on the area, but generally will run weekly or fortnightly, lasting 2-3 hours in duration. The groups generally take place on weekdays between 10am and 5pm. Group members also attend events, talks and meetings to raise awareness of what it is like to live with dementia and the organisation. These events may take place outside of the empowerment group hours mentioned.
What will you be doing?
Your role as a volunteer driver will be to enable and empower people with dementia to live their lives to their full potential by transporting them to and from empowerment groups and events. You will collect group members from their homes and transport them to the destination they require accompanying them from door to door, and in and out of the vehicle where necessary. You will support Dementia NI members by talking and listening to them on their journey being patient, calm and caring and ensuring they feel safe at all times. You will have an understanding of the complex needs of people living with dementia and refer more complex needs to the appropriate staff member. You will develop an understanding of Dementia NI and ensure that you adhere to our ethos; empowering people living with dementia, not speaking on their behalf unless requested to do so. (Full details will be available in the role description)
Is this role suitable for you?
As a volunteer driver we ask that you meet the following criteria:
- Be over the age of 25.
- Currently hold a full UK driving licence for at least 2 years, you must be a confident driver.
- Your driving licence must be clean and free from any endorsements (A copy will be required for your file).
- Have your own vehicle or access to another vehicle in which you have comprehensive insurance cover (Every year we will ask for a copy of your vehicle insurance for your file).
- The vehicle in question must be road worthy and safe to transport group members in (We will ask for an annual copy of this certificate for your file)
- You must have; a keen interest in enabling and empowering people living with dementia to continue to live their lives to their full potential.
- An interest in volunteering to help support people living with dementia.
- You must have a knowledge of dementia and about how dementia affects the person living with a diagnosis.
- Good communication and listening skills.
- Good Punctuality and reliability.
- Recognise the importance, understand and adhere strictly to data protection and confidentiality policies and procedures.
- Ability to be calm, patient and caring.
- A commitment to attend relevant training and learning programmes.
- A commitment to teamwork with group members and staff from a wide diversity of backgrounds.
- You will learn about and follow Dementia NI’s health and safety standards at all times.
- An understanding of Dementia NI’s key policies and commitment to adhere strictly to them, in particular health & safety, data protection and confidentiality policies.
How will Dementia NI support you in this role?
- You will be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses incurred in accordance with the Dementia NI volunteering policy.
- You will receive a relevant induction to your role and any relevant ongoing training will be provided.
- You will benefit from regular support from your role manager, in the form of one-to-one supervision. There will also be opportunities for group support from other volunteers.
How do I apply?
To apply for this opportunity or to learn more about the role, please contact Paula Canney - Empowerment Officer - [email protected] or contact us on 02890 686768