Volunteers are the cornerstone of the Living Well with Dementia programme. They are critical to our success and bring expertise, experience and a unique perspective to the socialisation and activities component of LWwD. Volunteering is a small commitment of time —in return for making an enormous difference to a vulnerable person’s life.
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 or bi-weekly session (1-3 hours per week) for a 6-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 endeavour 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.