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Dementia Support Worker Volunteer Roles in Glasgow

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St Helena Hospice, Remote
Unpaid role, expenses not paid
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Remote
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary

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Job description

JOB DESCRIPTION

Why we need your help

The Marie Curie Dementia Befriending service is provided by trained volunteers who offer one-to-one companionship and support to people with a terminal illness that have dementia and their families. The service would not be able to reach those most in need if it was not for the commitment and hard work of the volunteers delivering the service.

Befriender volunteers provide companionship and emotional support, practical support, short breaks for carers and help with signposting for information and support.

What we need you to do

Your role will include, some of, but not restricted to the following tasks:

  • Complete all initial mandatory Dementia Befriender volunteer training, as well as any refresher training whilst you are a Marie Curie volunteer
  • Carry out weekly visits with the person(s) you’re supporting, as agreed with the Volunteer Co-ordinator. This could be in a variety of settings, for example in a family’s home, in a care home or out in the community.
  • Provide one to one companionship and support. For example - Offering a listening ear and spending time engaging in everyday conversation, activities or hobbies with the person you are supporting. Accompanying them to an appointment, social groups or taking short trips out. Helping with small daily tasks eg making tea or accessing the internet. Allowing carers to have a short break. Signposting to relevant local support services or finding out information as requested.

(This list is only an outline as support will vary according to the needs of those using the service. Dementia Befriender volunteers do not provide nursing or personal care, or offer counselling or advice)

  • Driving clients to pre-arranged health or social care (eg to chemotherapy appointments or day therapy at the hospice)
  • Follow all mandatory procedures that form part of the Dementia Befriending service. Examples include submitting written report forms, identifying and briefing a lone worker Buddy, and following procedures for lone worker safety.
  • Keep your manager informed of any changes to the situation, or any significant happenings in connection to the person you’re supporting and/or their family, either in person or by phone
  • Be reliable and committed to regularly spending time with someone and offering support
  • Attend group events and training sessions for Marie Curie Dementia Befriender volunteers
  • Attend individual sessions with your Volunteer Co-ordinator as required
  • Represent the Marie Curie Dementia Befriending service positively to those using the service
  • Support with Advanced Care Planning for clients

What skills or experience do you need?

  • Commitment and reliability - able to keep appointments and volunteer for approximately 3 hours a week
  • Patience, empathy and emotional stability
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality
  • Willing to be flexible to the needs of the individual
  • Ability to operate within the boundaries of the role
  • A friendly and sensitive approach
  • Excellent listening skills and an ability to build a rapport with others Respect for individuals, regardless of their race, gender, culture, religion, disability, sexual orientation and marital status

What we can offer you

  • An excellent opportunity to build on your skills in a charity environment
  • An induction, training, support and supervision in your role
  • Agreed reasonable out-of-pocket expenses

What we ask of you

  • To provide two references from non-family members and other relevant documents related to the role
  • To keep to all the charity’s policies and guidelines
  • To complete an induction and any training related to the role

Marie Curie is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of patients and their families and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Marie Curie will treat all volunteers fairly and with respect.  We will not discriminate on the basis of disability, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sex (i.e. gender), sexual orientation, religion or faith, or gender reassignment.  We will not discriminate on the basis of age, unless the responsibilities of a role require us to do so in order to safeguard our volunteers and/or service users.

ABOUT US

Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last. When you volunteer for Marie Curie, you understand that better than ever. We’re a passionate, committed and diverse team of more than 4,400 staff and  6,500 volunteers, here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support, to help them get the most from the time they have left. 

Marie Curie is committed to its values, which underpin our work.  We take stringent steps to ensure that the people who join our organisation through employment or volunteering, are suitable for their roles and are committed to safeguarding all our people from harm. This includes our staff, volunteers and all those who use or come into contact with our services. We are dedicated to creating not just a safe place to work but also a supportive and rewarding one.

Marie Curie is committed to a world where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. We are devoted to the social justice imperatives and organisational benefits of full diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace, and are a Stonewall champion. We actively encourage and welcome applications from candidates of diverse cultures, perspectives and lived experiences.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

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Posted on: 05 February 2024
Closing date: 05 May 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Advice, Information,Care Management

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