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Become a Dementia Champion for Reading

Advocacy / Campaigning volunteers needed for Reading Dementia Action Alliance

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

It’s easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions will attend a induction, receive support when they need it, and be part of over 10,500 volunteer Dementia Friends Champions creating dementia friendly communities together.

‘Becoming a Dementia Friend Champion has undoubtedly been one of the most positive and exciting things I’ve done’ – Jane Gilby, Dementia Friends Champion

You don’t need to have any particular experience or skillset to be a Dementia Friends Champion, but you do need to understand what’s involved so please read the rest of the information in this section carefully.

Become a Dementia Friends Champion by attending a whole day volunteer induction session. You’ll see a Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Dementia Friends Officer and then learn how to deliver the session yourself with the chance to discuss the activities and our key messages, before taking part in a practice presentation. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Once you have successfully completed a Champions induction you will have access to online resources and tools that will help you set up and run a Dementia Friends Information Session. You will receive support from your local Regional Support Officer (RSO), Reading Dementia Action Alliance, a monthly Champions e-newsletter, access to regional Facebook groups and webinars to attend.

You may not need to set up anything special to run a Dementia Friends Information Session. If you are already part of local networks, such as a book club or residents’ association, then you could organise a Friends Information Session at one of your meetings or among a group of friends or at work.

Here are some ideas from Dementia Friends Champions about where they will run their information sessions:

  • Coffee mornings, lunch clubs, knitting groups and book clubs.
  • Tenants’ associations and residents’ groups.
  • Social clubs.
  • WI, Round Table, British Legion.
  • Students unions.
  • Schools and sixth form colleges.
  • Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides groups.
  • Workplaces.
  • At their places of worship.

You must register or sign in as a Dementia Friends Champion before you can register your interest in the Champions’ induction.

Contact instructions?
Email, or sign up directly on the website at www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBRegisterChampion

Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few times a year
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Link to the related event
Single dates NEW
26 September 2017
Additional timing details
The Dementia Champions training takes place on 26 September, 10am - 4pm and is essential for becoming a Dementia Champion.
Task type?
Advocacy / Campaigning
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloKeen learnerPublic speakerNetworkerGood sense of humourSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
One day Dementia Champions training session
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
The Dementia Champion will be linked to the local Dementia Action Alliance and the National Dementia Friends network.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses are paid.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Not specified
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
5
Opportunity added on
17 August 2017

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