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Reminiscence Events Assistant with Gloucestershire Archives

As part of our EVOKE (Everyone Value Older Folks’ Experiences) Project we need volunteers to help us deliver reminiscence sessions for older people in the county. Some of the groups that we will be working with may be experiencing memory loss or living with early stage dementia. We’ll be going to meet people in libraries, care homes and other community settings and using an iPad app to help us spark off those memories. The aim of the project is to help those living with memory loss keep their communication skills, escape the confusions and frustrations of the modern day and live a little better.

What's involved?

The project will involve going out to care homes, libraries and other community settings right across the county to engage with older people, particularly those living with early stage dementia or memory loss, to facilitate memories, stories and conversations. We’ll be using an iPad with the “House of Memories” app on it. This app will be loaded with photos and other memorabilia to help start those conversations and to trigger those memories.  We’ll give you lots of training on the app and most importantly on how living with memory loss affects people and how your work can be really helpful in supporting them to retain communication skills and live well.

 

We need volunteers that are able to make the sessions at specific times. Typically they will happen on a fortnightly or monthly basis, but we understand that it is unlikely you’d be able to make them all. Ideally you’ll be able to get to venues right across the county, but it might be that you could just help with ones near where you live or in locations that are convenient for you to get to. Volunteer expenses to cover this travel will be paid. Most importantly you’ll need to be friendly, calm and empathetic and have good communication skills and feel comfortable working with all older people. You don’t have to come with the skills to work with those with memory loss, just a willingness to undertake the training that will get you started with those skills and techniques.

 

If you would like a chat about this role without committing yourslef please email archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk and soemone will get back to you.

Why get involved?

You will gain training, skills and experience in working with older people, particularly those experiencing early dementia or memory loss. You’ll be participating in a friendly group activity that is designed to promote feelings of wellbeing in all that partake – including our facilitation volunteers. You’ll also get a real first hand insight into the way that life in Gloucestershire used to be and quite possibly make some new friends you never would have otherwise known.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge

    3. Wait for a reply from the Gloucestershire Archives.

Ideal Skill

  • Customer Service

Ideal Interests

  • Learning and Education
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House

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