Side by Side Volunteer

Side by Side volunteers support people living with dementia in the local community. This involves companionship for a person in the early stages of dementia helping them to take part in social and recreational activities including going to the park or the cinema, visiting a local museum, gallery or garden or just staying at home to do an activity together such as gardening or arts and crafts. This would be for a few hours every week or fortnight. We would ask that you could commit to a period of at least six months.

- Providing one-to-one support to enable people with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests or engage in new ones.

- Share your own skills, hobbies and interests to shape opportunities for people with dementia

- Liaising with the Side by Side co-ordinator 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

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

- Help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love by giving them confidence and person centred support to stay involved or find new hobbies and interests


This role will suit you if you are..

Patient and reliable, with good verbal communication and listening skills, especially face to face

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 drive 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


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

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 14/05/2018

End Date: 14/05/2020

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Availability Details

3 hours per week or fortnight


This opportunity is available in: Colchester, Tendring

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