Volunteers are an integral part of the Living Well with Dementia Project and we need your help to continue to offer a range of supports to people with dementia in the Blackrock/Stillorgan area. We have over 40 volunteers but due to the increased demand and expansion of our activities, we are looking for more volunteers.
Skills Required: A genuine interest in the person with dementia; good listening skills; compassion and empathy; reliability; a caring and non-judgemental approach; good sense of humour; flexibility.
Age Restriction: Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.
Time Commitment: We ask our volunteers to commit to a weekly session ( 1-3 hours per week )for a 12 month period. Times are flexible and varied depending on the role.
Screening: Informal interview; Garda vetting, references, application form; attend initial training and induction.
Support: We endeavor to provide the support necessary to encourage and empower volunteers to make a meaningful contribution and gain significant benefits from their voluntary experience. We offer an on-going training programme which volunteers are required to attend.
Friendship: This may involve visiting someone in their home or accompanying on an activity of their choice such as shopping, gardening, mass, golf, visiting the library.
Event Support: we need volunteers to help run our Living Well Tuesday Activity Group and our Musical Memories on Saturday morning. This involves setting up the room, meeting and greeting, signing people in and making them comfortable and ensuring the event runs smoothly and can be beneficial and enjoyable to all.
Transport volunteers (to bring people to our events). The volunteer would be required to collect the person with dementia from their home and bring them to one of our activities. Here they will be met by the person in charge of that activity who will sign them in. The volunteer will then collect the person for the return journey home. Own transport and copies of insurance, tax and NCT required.
You can watch a short interview with some of the volunteers by clicking on the following link:
‘I thoroughly enjoy spending Tuesday evenings with ‘Mary’. We have a great laugh talking and playing cards and I feel that I have known her for years. As I love the company of elderly people I find it a very rewarding experience. So on Tuesday evenings I feel that I am simply going to visit a friend’ (Volunteer)
‘I love helping out at the activity group. The benefits of the group exercises are so evident. The laughter in the room is evidence in itself. We all enjoy the tea, chat and laughter afterwards as our reward’(Volunteer)
‘It is a heart-warming experience each Saturday morning to watch the participants enjoying themselves singing along. I love being part of this’.(Volunteer)