Host Organisation: Belong Village - Crewe

We're looking for people who want to share their creativity and passion for the arts with older people, many of whom are living with dementia.

Opportunity Interests: Arts, Heritage and Culture, Older People (60+), Social and Community Care
Type of Activity: Support / Care Work
Location: Crewe
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Anytime

You will learn:
- how to support or lead workshops using words, sculpture, mark-making, movement and song
- how to listen deeply and support a person living with dementia as they express themselves through art
- how to create a space where imagination can flourish

Your volunteering will:
- enrich the lives of Belong residents
- reduce isolation
- increase wellbeing among residents, staff, families and yourself!

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Caring
Patient
Reliable
Creative
Have an interest in people and how their minds work

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Travel expenses -
Car: local travel, from 28p per mile
Bus or train: local travel

We offer free tea, coffee and juice. Also, lunch if you commit more than 4 hours in a day.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Ongoing peer learning and regular catch ups with a named member of staff.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Two days of training which includes:
- the Belong ethos
- dementia awareness
- person-centred care
- arts awareness
- a creative toolkit
- active listening
- safeguarding
- moving and handling
- fire safety
- conditions for creativity