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Spontaneous Friend to Dementia Patients

We're looking for someone to volunteer as a 'Spontaneous Friend' on our dementia ward. This is a challenging role dealing with a variety of patients with different needs. We believe that volunteers can play an important role in supporting patients with dementia to have the best possible experience.

Shifts are once a week between 9am - 12pm and we may be able to be flexible at weekends (ask us about this when you apply).

Personal characteristics/specification for this role:

  • Friendly and caring attitude
  • Clear understanding of confidentiality
  • Good communicator
  • Patient, reliable and willing to learn from our experts
  • Able to take initiative and make staff aware of any difficulties patients are having
  • Be responsible for your own and others health, welfare and safety in compliance with our Health and Safety regulations
  • Compliance with all our relevant policies, procedures and training 
  • Please note the minimum age for this role is 18 years old

This role includes:

  • Interacting with dementia patients in a ward environment
  • Sitting and chatting the patients, going through their life books, participating in bedside therapeutic activities, etc.
  • Working under supervision and within boundaries

What we can offer:

  • An enjoyable and rewarding volunteer experience as part of a small and friendly team
  • An insight into dementia care
  • A reference for future employment or education 
  • Note: A training session is offered.  For those of you who wish to, we may also be able to arrange formal 'Dementia Champion' training for you which includes 2 hours classroom training and supervision sessions.  Upon successful completion the participant receives a Dementia Friends Badge which is recognised by the Alzheimer's Society.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact:

Emma Davies, Therapy Manager, Prospect Park Hospital
Email: emma.davies@berkshire.nhs.uk
Phone: 01189 9605168