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Memory cafes are a great place for the community to socialise, relax and find dementia advice in a supportive atmosphere. Once a month Withywood Memory Café welcomes people living with dementia, their carers/family to sit down for a chat or get involved in the activities going on. Fun, often topical activities and talks are organised to help people to enjoy themselves and reminisce. Activities include word searches, craft activities and reminiscence sessions.
We’re looking for volunteers to help support the running of the cafe. This will include making attendees feel welcome by chatting to them, encouraging them get involved in the activity and serving refreshments. We will also need help setting up and clearing the room.
Withywood Memory Café takes place on the first Tuesday of every month between 10am and 12 noon.
What are we looking for?
We’re looking for someone who loves to chat and hear people’s stories. We have regular attendees and new faces attending every month.
Your role will involve supporting people, so they can get involved in the wide range activities. This could involve explaining the instructions or completing the activity together. This will require a bit of patience and adaptability.
You will be working with a small group of volunteers and staff on the day, so we’re looking for someone who can work well in a team.
You don’t need to have experience or knowledge of dementia. We can offer online learning on this topic.
This role involves minimal manual handling. You may need to help set up the room for the session, which can include tables. We would be happy to adapt if you would find this aspect of the role difficult. Our Memory cafes last two hours and you will need to be there before and after to help setup and tidy the venue.
You will not be required to give personal care to any of the attendees.
To ensure we are running a supportive and quality service we do ask our volunteers to undertake some short learning modules, such as safeguarding. If you feel you would have difficulty completing them we would be happy to adapt the learning to suit you.
The next steps to volunteering with us is to get in touch. We will ask you to complete a registration form and then arrange for you to pop in for a chat with us or attend a taster session. Once we have discussed if this role is right for you we will then contact your references.