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Can you play the piano? Help bring music to people with dementia

Design / Creative volunteer needed for Alzheimer’s Society in RG10

Singing for the Brain provides a structured group session for older people with dementia who may wish to attend alone or with a carer. The service is designed around the principals of music therapy and singing and offers a chance to socialise and have fun in a safe and supported environment.

As the volunteer pianist for the Singing for the Brain group, you will play the accompaniment to the songs chosen by the Singing for the Brain leader.

Other duties may include:

  • Helping to set out the room
  • Putting out signs, society materials and songbooks
  • Welcoming and chatting with people with dementia and their carers
  • Supporting the singing for the brain leader by joining in songs and encouraging participation
  • Making and handing out teas and coffees, collecting in and washing up
  • Tidying up the room after the session and putting away the tables and chairs

The role will suit you if you

  • Can play the piano to a reasonable standard, sufficient to be able to accompany well-known, popular songs
  • Have good verbal communication skills
  • Are happy being part of a team of volunteers and staff
  • Have some understanding of dementia and its impact on people
  • Are willing to help out where needed in the group and help ensure those who attend have an enjoyable time
Contact person firstname
Jane Penton, Volunteering Officer
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01296 331 722
07540 921 221
Contact instructions?
Any week day between 8.00am and 4.00pm
Location address line 1
Charvil Village Hall
Line 2
Park Lane
RG10 9TR

Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Thu AM
Availability required
All of these times
Task type?
Design / Creative
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleSociableSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
On the job
Is support given?
Description of support
Regular contact with other volunteers, newsletter, dedicated role manager
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
We cover agreed out of pocket travel expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
11 May 2018

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