Dementia Support Volunteers

Are you a warm and friendly person who enjoys chatting with older people, who may have some memory loss? In hospital, patients with dementia may experience disorientation, memory difficulties and while their families may be able to provide considerable support, a little extra help from a volunteer would be welcomed! Hampshire Hospitals have set up a network of specially trained volunteers across the three hospitals in Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover who work alongside clinical staff providing social support. This could be simply chatting and reminiscing with patients, involving them in activities and generally befriending them. Volunteers support and are happy to sign post relatives and carers for further information.

Skills

Experience of caring

Experience/knowledge of dementia desirable but not essential .

Good communication skills

Caring manner

You will be asked to give a minimum of 3 hours a week, for at least a year.


Details

  • Age restrictions
    18+ only
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    There are 2 robust training sessions all volunteers have to attend, these sessions include Infection Control, Confidentiality etc. plus the dementia based sessions including mealtime assistance
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

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Regions

This opportunity is available in the following areas:

Basingstoke


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