Alzheimer Scotland (Dundee)

Charity registered in Scotland SC022315

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland's leading dementia charity. Established in 1994, our entire organisation is dedicated to understanding the challenges dementia brings and supporting people with dementia and their partners, families and carers to meet these challenges and live well with dementia. Our main aim is that no-one should go through dementia alone.

Current opportunities

This role is adhoc and required when there are Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) meetings. Meetings can be local (Dundee) or further afield (Glasgow) and the volunteer would support the attendees of the SDWG who have dementia to maintain independence in travelling to these meetings. Opportunity also to support the SDWG worker facilitate the meetings.

Volunteer Drivers will support individuals with dementia and possibly their carer/supporter to maintain independence and access Alzheimer Scotland Community Activities and Café. Drivers will be responsible for the safe transfer of individuals from their home to the activity and back again. Volunteer Drivers can engage in the activity or drop off the individual and return for them to transport them safely home at the end of the activity. Drivers should have a well maintained vehicle and Alzheimer Scotland will be required to have copies of vehicle/driver documentation. Drivers should have space to store a walking aid should the service user require such aids. Drivers may be asked to support more than 1 service user to/from the activity. Community Activities/Café take place in and around the City of Dundee. Monday-Friday.

Supporting individuals with dementia in their own home. Engaging in conversation and undertaking meaningful social activities. Befrienders would visit individuals with a diagnosis of dementia within their own home to undertake social conversation and support with social activities - reminisce, jigsaw, reading, puzzles, art/craft. Activities will be determined by both Befriender and Befriendee. This Befriending project will take place in and around the City of Dundee, Monday-Thursday.

You will be there to watch, listen and work with staff members. You will be involved in a wide variety of activities such as: singing, dancing, playing games, dicussion groups, reminiscence, helping with crafts, baking, gardening, walking, trips, dining duties, toileting, talking, listening, laughing. You may also be asked to set the table, make cups of tea, wash dishes, tidy up or escort a client from their day care home. At times it may seem as though you are doing nothing, but simply holding someone's hand or sitting listening with one of the members will be one of your most valuable contributions. Training & expenses are given to all volunteers.