To take part in meaningful activates with patients aged 65+ with psychiatric conditions in a supportive and caring environment. Working alongside staff, activities include:
• Carry out meaningful activities with patients, like indoor bowling, arts & crafts, food making, 1:1 chat, reminiscence, table games, garden games, pool, listening to music. It can also include outside activities like bowling, restaurants, cinema and community hall events.
• Set up and tidy up activities in communal area.
• Physical activities, e.g. accompany patients for walks or outings with the support of staff.
• Bring to the attention any concerns about patients to a member of staff.
Experience required: • Kind, compassionate and empathetic.
• Patient and able to spend quality time with patients.
• Confident communicator.
• Non-judgemental and sensitive approach.
• Understanding of confidentiality.
• Reliable, punctual and committed.
• Be comfortable with some patients not being verbal.
• Previous experience
supporting people displaying stress and distress would be helpful but not essential.
There is NO feeding patients, manual handling of patients & NO toileting or personal care.
Travel details: This opportunity is accessible by foot, car, train and bus (101A, 101B, 111, 121, X6, X7, 106, 108)
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Happy to talk through the opportunity before applying and discuss offering shadowing opportunity.
Training details: 3 two-hour group induction training sessions, take place online on MS Teams, over 3 weeks. Stress & Distress Training. Placement chat and ward induction. 6-weekly review with Voluntary Services Manager. Access to optional Volunteer training courses facilitated by trained staff, including Dementia awareness, communication training. Group volunteer support sessions on line or face-to-face.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet