Engage in Gloucester is keen that its volunteers get as much as possible from the time they spend volunteering. This includes accessing free training that might be useful for current or future volunteering roles you might take on, give you confidence or skills that you can use in your social life or be useful for building up skills for future employment.
On Wednesday 27th March, 6pm – 7pm, we are offering a free hour long session to help you become a Dementia Friend. You’ll learn the key messages that the Alzheimer’s Society are keen that everyone should be aware of to help make society a more friendly place for those living with dementia, as well as useful tips and everyday little things that you can do.
This session will leave you more knowledgeable and hopefully more confident to interact with those living with dementia in your volunteering role and well as your everyday life. You’ll also leave with some practical ideas about how to make the place you volunteer more dementia friendly.
The course is absolutely free and open to any and all volunteers, or those preparing to volunteer, in Gloucester.
The Dementia Friends session takes place from 6pm – 7pm in the Civic Suite, on the third floor of the North warehouse in the Docks. No prior knowledge, study or reading is required for this course and you won’t be given any homework afterwards! (Although if you would like to become more involved with the Dementia Friends movement we would be delighted to point you in the right direction for more information)
Through the session there will be a chance to gain a basic understanding of how dementia can impact on people’s everyday and social lives and what easy practical things you can put in place whilst dealing with the public whist volunteering, or in everyday life, to make life easier and more manageable for those living with dementia. There will be a chance to share the dementia friendly actions that the organisation you volunteer with already do, and borrow the ideas and innovations of others to make things even more dementia friendly.
Please note, the session facilitator is not a medical or dementia expert, and cannot advise directly on personal situations.
Why get involved?
Gloucester would like to be a Dementia Friendly city. A big part of achieving this is creating as many dementia friends, aware of and implementing practical small everyday things, as possible. Attending this session and becoming a dementia friend at the end of it, is a major step in achieving this.
If you meet the general public at any point during your volunteering you are likely to meet people living with dementia. In fact your fellow volunteers may include people living with dementia. The session will give you extra confidence to know that you are best meeting their needs and helping them to fully access the services, opportunities and experiences that your organisation offers. It will give you advice and tips and on how to be pro active in welcoming and catering for those living with dementia. The information you pick up can also be of use in your everyday, social life, perhaps helping you interact better with neighbours or friends and family.
Everyone who completes the session and is willing to become a Dementia Friend also gets a lovely badge, to wear with pride. It’s a great visible reminder and sign to others that you have some understand of what would make life a little easier for those living with dementia and can make people happier to approach you in your volunteer role. It is a great thing to be able to talk about at interviews or on your CV if you are looking for work in any role with the public.
The session is of course also completely free!
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- You will be contacted to confirm your place at the Dementia Friends session.
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