Dementia Volunteers

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Hampshire Hospitals and the dementia specialist team are working together to provide specially trained dementia volunteers. They will work alongside and complement clinical staff providing care and social support. This can include simply chatting, reading and reminiscing with patients, involving them in craft activities and generally befriending them. Dementia Volunteers can assist patients completing the ‘This is me’ document.

The Dementia Volunteers will also liaise with families and carers to ensure that patients get the most out of the service and help signpost them to the right services and support that are available.

As a Dementia Volunteer, you will be trained to work with these sometimes frail and vulnerable people. The Dementia Volunteer training consists of two four hour sessions over two weeks.  This is held at Winchester or Basingstoke hospitals. They include all HHFT mandatory training along with sessions in helping with mealtimes and communicating and caring for patients with dementia. 

Applicants must be 18 or over, complete a free DBS check and provide references.

As well as helping others, this role will enable you to gain new skills and experience:

  • Work experience
  • Access to relevant training
  • Personal development
  • Increase your knowledge of health and dementia
  • Participate in a wider social life

Click here to see exactly how volunteering could give your career prospects a boost.

 

 

 

 

 


updated 5 September 2017

For more information

Julie Foot

Dementia Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Office, Ashley Wing
Royal Hampshire County Hospital
Romsey Road
Winchester

SO22 5DG

01962 825747 

dementia.volunteers@hhft.nhs.uk

 

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