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
Phone: 01189 9605168