Age UK Somerset's mission is to improve life for the older people of Somerset and North Somerset.
There is much to celebrate about getting older, but our later years can also prove challenging: loss ...
Memory Connections Group Volunteer
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SummaryWe are looking for volunteers to help support our weekly, fun, Memory Connections group activity sessions.
We are looking for volunteers to help support our weekly, fun, Memory Connections group activity sessions.
This programme of Maintenance Stimulation Therapy group sessions have been shown to slow the progression of dementia.
A Memory Connections group session offers its members a range of enjoyable activities providing general stimulation for thinking, concentration and memory. Each week we will cover different themes and topics such as; Life History, Current Affairs, Word Games, Physical activity, Music, Creativity and much more. We aim for the sessions to group led, our members can even choose topics/themes they would enjoy discussing to encourage a greater engagement and enthusiasm.
The aim of this role is to
- Facilitate improvement in concentration, mental abilities and memory
- Help create opportunities for people to learn in a relaxed and fun environment
- Improve mood
- Allow people to express their feelings and views, and encourage peer support
- Improve the wellbeing of members and their carers
- Help members and their carers to cope and live with dementia
Full training is given. The key requirement for volunteers in this role is that they enjoy talking and listening.
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER
- Volunteers must be over 18.
- References and a DBS check are required for this role.
- This role requires that volunteers can commit to 16 weeks, and have a good level of mobility.
- Meet new people
- Feel happier
- Sense of belonging
- Improved Self-esteem
- Sense of Purpose
- Sense of Achievement
- Feel Less Lonely
- Improved Social Skills
- Improved Relationships
- New Friendships
- Being Active
- Feeling part of your community
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About Age UK Somerset
There is much to celebrate about getting older, but our later years can also prove challenging: loss of confidence, lack of mobility, financial pressures and suffering from loneliness and isolation are just some of the issues our local older people face.
We offer a wide range of popular and well-used services and activities specifically developed to meet the needs of the over 60s and we need Volunteers to help us run them. These include our Wellbeing Service - including Walk and Talk, Wellbeing Friends and Friendly Phone Calls - Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy ‘Memory Connections’ groups, Information and Advice service and lots of fun Ageing Well activity sessions. These services can not be provided without the support of our wonderful Volunteers.
As a Volunteer, whatever time you can afford to give and whichever of our many roles you decide suits you the best, your contribution will be helping more older people to enjoy a happier and healthier later life.
NOW more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP…. A lot of older people are turning to us for support and these services can only continue with the support of people like you.