Town Break provides person-centred services to support people with dementia and their carers using the skills of trained, supportive and committed staff and volunteers. We liaise with other agencies, both statutory and voluntary, to help to support people with dementia to continue to live in their own homes within the Stirling District.
We are looking for volunteer befrienders to build relationships with people living with the early to moderate stages of dementia in Stirlingshire. These relationships can help prevent social isolation and help reconnect people with the community they belong to. We match befrienders with people who have similar interests so they can be encouraged to pursue loved hobbies or supported so they can build the confidence they need to take part in new activities. This might be visiting a garden centre, having a walk or even just having a coffee and chat in the person’s home for two hours per week. This is a great opportunity to build meaningful relationships with people in your local community. We also have volunteering opportunities at our day clubs so please see contact us to find out more. We provide a training programme and offer ongoing support including peer support at volunteer meetings. We would ask that you commit to 2 hours per week and for a minimum one year. Younger volunteers can befriend clients in group sessions we run at the Day Therapy Unit in Stirling Community Hospital.
Younger volunteers will be supported by the Befriending Co-ordinator who will closely guide these volunteers through the process of establishing friendships. Befrienders are expected to maintain contact with the Befriending Co-ordinator by completing a simple form once a month to log visits and taking part in informal bi-monthly meetings.
To carry out this role, you will need:
- Patience, kindness and the desire to support people living with dementia to live well.
- Good communication and listening skills.
- Awareness of boundaries and the importance of confidentiality.
- Willingness to take part in our training programme which includes; moving and handling, health and safety, the importance of confidentiality, boundaries as well as a full induction with ongoing support.
- Commitment to 2 hours per week for one year.
- Support the person living with dementia to pursue loved hobbies/interests and encouragement to take up new social activities if appropriate.
- Willingness to keep the Befriending Co-ordinator updated on how the match is progressing through volunteer meetings or one to one meetings as appropriate.
- Willingness to join Protecting Vulnerable Group Scheme (PVG) which is organised and paid for by Town Break.
In return for your time as a volunteer, Town Break will provide:
- Volunteer meetings every other month with Befriending Co-ordinator and other befrienders, or individual meetings as needed.
- Befrienders are required to complete and hand in a log on a monthly basis which keeps track of all visits.
- Befriending Co-ordinator can be called Monday-Friday to discuss any issues or provide support as needed.
- 45p mileage paid and funds available for outings and activities as agreed with Co-ordinator.
- Increase your skills and employability through our excellent training programme.
- Professional reference at the end of an agreed volunteering period.