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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Therapeutic Activity Volunteer

We are keen to hear from people who enjoy activities such as arts & crafts, football, dance, baking, film & TV, music & singing, nature & gardening, sports, reading, walking, local and/or family history and can offer some time to share these or any others you may have with people living with dementia.

Are you;
• Good with people
• A good communicator
• Caring
• Willing to share your skills and interests with others
• Flexible and adaptable
• Wanting to volunteer and learn something new?

We are a national voluntary organisation whose mission is to campaign for the human rights of people living with dementia and their carers. Our vision is to ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. Our range of Therapeutic Activity Groups enables people living with dementia to participate in hobbies, interests and activities they enjoy in a supportive, dementia friendly environment.

If you are aged 18 or over and have some time to offer, Alzheimer Scotland wants to hear from you!

What the role involves:
This role will support people living with dementia attending local activity groups. The type of therapeutic activity groups you support can reflect your own interests and skills or offer an opportunity to learn something new. The role may vary but is likely to include;
• Offering person-centred support to people living with dementia within a therapeutic group setting.
• Communicating with people living with dementia, family members and staff within the therapeutic group setting.
• Contributing to therapeutic activity groups by sharing ideas, skills and interests.
• Keeping up to date with Alzheimer Scotland news and our work across Scotland.

Dementia doesn’t discriminate, neither does Alzheimer Scotland
Regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, faith or belief, race or ethnicity people are at the heart of what we do. We can support you to develop the skills you need for this role, including an introduction into all the areas outlined. You will have the chance to discuss your role and any additional needs with us.

What you need for this role
• Excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Willing to share your skills and interests.
• Ability to recognise and respect the rich diversity that exists within our communities, views, attitudes and lifestyles.
• Committed to Alzheimer Scotland’s values.
• Willing to develop skills and experience.
• Participate in induction training and any refresher updates or ongoing learning.
• Ability to honestly reflect on practice.
• Willing to follow our guidance, feedback and implement changes to practice where necessary.
• Willing to follow our policies, procedures and guidelines.

Whether your volunteering journey with us is long or short, we make these commitments so we know what to expect.
Our Commitment:
• Welcome you as an individual.
• Offer you a role that fits with you and your life.
• Help you learn your role and support you to learn as you go.
• Value your personal contribution.
• Listen to your feedback and welcome your ideas.
• Keep you and everyone safe.
• Keep you connected and up to date.
• Reimburse your out of pocket expenses.
• Thank you for the impact you deliver.
Your Commitment:
• Contribute positively to Alzheimer Scotland’s vision for change.
• Value the diverse contribution of others.
• Respect the boundaries of your role and our Code of Conduct.
• Complete the necessary learning pathway for your role.
• Share your success and learning.
• Express your ideas.
• Recognise and be open about the limits of your experience and expertise.
• Keep yourself and others safe.
• Stay connected and up to date.

This volunteer role will be subject to a PVG check by Disclosure Scotland.
This is a voluntary role and support will be provided by staff of Alzheimer Scotland as required.
Pattern of hours; Voluntary position with times as mutually agreed.

All of the responsibilities and duties are to be carried out according to Alzheimer Scotland’s standards, policies and procedures.

Experience required

Good listening skills, compassion and understanding

Travel details

Arbroath Boogie – Monthly 2pm-4pm
Arts and Crafts Group Arbroath – 2pm-3.30pm
Music and Movement Group Arbroath – 2pm-3.30pm

Travel expenses

Public Transport Rates

Training details

Have own specific training programme


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
2 hours per week

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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