To apply, please submit your CV and a supporting statement as to why you are suitable for the role. Clearly state your address, e-mail address, telephone number and whether you have a driving license and whether you own a vehicle.
This role is part of the Hertswise community based dementia project. Hertswise is an innovative countywide service designed to support people living with dementia, low level memory loss or mild cognitive impairment as well as their loved ones and carers. Our teams aim to ensure that people of all ages, living anywhere in Hertfordshire, are able to easily access information and advice, activities and support regardless of whether they have (or want) a diagnosis. The service is delivered by a partnership of community and voluntary groups, including Age UK Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, Herts Mind Network, and Carers in Hertfordshire.
Hertswise can offer group based activities designed by service users, or 1-1 sessions for those in need of individual support. Information and Advice is available for all aspects of your life, for example; claiming benefits, Lasting Powers of Attorney, community care, health services - and any other queries that you may have. Hertswise will also provide carers with the opportunity to relax and share their experiences in a friendly, supportive environment among other carers and professionals.
The post holder will be required to work some flexible hours outside of normal 9-5 working hours including on the occasional evening and weekends.
The post holder will be line managed by Hertfordshire Mind Network’s Head of Peer Support, Training & Therapies, but will manage their own workload, prioritising tasks and working on their own initiative.
? Reporting to the Project Manager, to lead and deliver a community based dementia project for people who have mild to moderate cognitive impairments – services include healthy eating sessions, physical activity sessions, digital inclusion sessions and socialisation. Ensuring access for older people including those living in rural areas of the county. Services will be provided at the older person’s home or in a group setting using a variety of different community venues.
? To deliver training and development for professionals and organisations in the awareness of the issues faced by older people who have mild to moderate dementia and cognitive impairment as well as the needs of carers and their families
? The primary aim of this project is to improve mental , physical well-being and socialisation. This will be achieved through the dissemination of healthy living and healthy eating information and advice and encouragement to participate in activities which promote physical and mental wellbeing and prevent social isolation. It will also be achieved through socialisation and digital inclusion.
? Set up and facilitate weekly exercise, nutrition and/or activity groups or one-to-one sessions for service users. Groups to run at a variety of local community venues to ensure accessibility to all older communities.
? Set up and facilitate weekly digital inclusion and or social activity groups or one-to-one sessions. Groups to run at a variety of local community venues to ensure accessibility to all older communities.
? To set-up and support groups to self-facilitate and continue meeting after their 10 support sessions (facilitated by a locality team member) have ended.
? To help develop and deliver training for professionals and organisations
? Recruit and supervise staff who will be trained to work with service user groups, service users at home and within their local community.
? To manage records of leave, absence, training and development of staff
? Recruit and supervise volunteers who will be trained to work with service user groups, service users at home and within their local community.
? Provide regular supervision support, including peer group support, and arrange training sessions for coordinators and volunteers.
? Meet prospective service users to ascertain their needs and preferences – including cultural and ethnic needs.
? To set-up and chair the quarterly steering group and participate in other meetings as requested by the their line manager.
? Keep computer records/ client database up to date and provide regular reports and monthly statistics
? Actively engage service users in the development of the project and to communicate regularly with service users and volunteers to obtain feedback. Observe and record outcomes for service users using designated online monitoring tool
? To achieve targets as agreed with the Project Manager and the AUKH partnership commissioners and the funders
? Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with mental health, health and social care professionals to develop an integrated support process for older people
? To develop and maintain marketing and publicity as required for this project in line with the project’s marketing plan and as agreed with the Project Manager
? To comply with Data Protection regulations ensuring that all information about clients remains confidential
? Work within the policies and procedures and current legislation for volunteer based projects – including confidentiality; working within professional boundaries; data protection etc.
? To manage the budget in conjunction with the Project Manager and in line with the Delegation of Authority