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Help a person living with dementia to maintain a social life and to follow a hobby or interest

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Alzheimer’s Society

Can you be a befriender to someone living with dementia?

By becoming a befriending volunteer you will be able to help a person living with dementia to maintain a social life and to follow a hobby or interest. Do any of the below sound like you:

– Do you have an interest or hobby you can share?
– Are you a sympathetic person and good listener?
– Do you enjoy walking, gardening or exercise?
– Do you like music or art?
– Do you enjoy reminiscing?

If you could offer time at regular intervals, we would love to hear from you.

Interested but want to know a little more? Listen to Alzheimer’s Society volunteer Fiona talk about the benefits of befriending

Become a befriender

Contact person firstname
Bernadette Papadakis, Volunteering officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 959 6482

Location description
Reading
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 hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Weekly or fortnightly commitment
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloKeen learnerGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Around 15 hour training - befriending course and home based learning
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular one to ones and group meetings
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
All reasonable expenses reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
6
Opportunity added on
6 July 2017

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