Side by Side Telephone Volunteers

What's involved?

Side by Side volunteers support people living with dementia in the local community. Side By Side Telephone volunteers make friendly, tailored conversations with people living with dementia. You will be connected with people based on their interests and preferences. Your involvement will support people with dementia to feel less isolated and focus in an individual's strengths to remain connected, feel valued and more confident. The base for this role is flexible and will be agreed with your role manager. You could volunteer from home or in your local Alzheimer's Society office. The level of commitment for this role can be agreed based on your availability and will be discussed at your first meeting with the Side by Side Coordinator. This could be during afternoons, evenings or weekends. You will make these calls regularly and reliably as agreed with the person with dementia. We would ask that you could commit to a period of at least six months. You will liaise with the Side by Side Coordinator on a regular basis, including changes or concerns regarding the service user, as well as discussing your personal learning and development needs

The impact you'll make

- Keeping people connected: You will enable and empower people who are living with dementia to stay involved and connected over the phone, by providing person centered conversation and support

- Reducing Isolation: Your role will enable people with dementia to be less lonely or isolated

Skills

Have good verbal communication and listening skills on the phone

You are an understanding person able to support someone with empathy and understand the need for confidentiality

Recognise the importance of making people feel valued, treat people of all backgrounds with respect and dignity and have the ability to engage

Able to follow policies, procedures, guidance and can volunteer within service boundaries

Happy to volunteer individually and remotely, yet understand you are part of a larger team

Willing to learn more about dementia and to have the desire to help someone with dementia to lead a better quality of life

There will be ongoing supervision to support you in your volunteering role and planned expenses will be reimbursed


Details

  • Suitable for under 18s
    Over 16
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    eLearning, face to face ( as appropriate to role)
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
    training (as appropriate), buddying (as appropriate), role manager, regular meetings
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 11/05/2018

End Date: 11/05/2019

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Availability Details

3 hours per week or fortnight


Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.


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