Host Organisation: Alzheimer's Society (Cheshire and St Helens)

As a Side by Side Volunteer you can support a person living with Dementia to stay independent, active and to keep doing the things they are interested in and enjoy for as long as they can.

Opportunity Interests: Men, Older People (60+), Social Activities, Women
Type of Activity: Befriending
Location: Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Anytime

You will help people stay connected to their communities and build their confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. A little time makes a big difference!
What you’ll be doing:
- Participating in activities you share an interest in with a person with dementia to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
- To give advice to people living with dementia and signpost them to services to enable them to live well
- Assisting and supporting people living with dementia
- Communicating regularly with the coordinator and/or lead volunteers
- Be part of the Side by Side Volunteer Team delivering high quality services and being an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

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

This role will suit you if you:·
Want to support, enable and empower people living with dementia
· Are a good verbal communicator with great listening skills, especially face to face
· Are happy volunteering on your own and keeping in touch with your team
· Can provide a committed, flexible approach and who is willing to learn
To ensure the safety and security of people living with dementia we ask for:
· Two references & proof of identity
· To put the role into practice most effectively and to ensure a consistent service for people living with dementia this role is recommended to continue for at least 6 months.
· Essential learning to be completed before starting in your role will take about two and a half days - this will include face-to-face information sessions and e-learning modules.
· You will need to complete an enhanced without barred list DBS or Access NI check, in line with the legal requirements. A criminal record will not necessarily stop you being able to carry out this role.

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?:

Out of pocket and Travel Expenses are paid in line with the Alzheimer's Society Policy

What support is available for the volunteer?:

We will make you feel welcome, included and respected
· Training, guidance and support to ensure safeguarding and service standards
· You’ll have a role manager who will support you throughout your journey with us
· Out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel) agreed before you start in line with our policy
· We’ll keep you up to date with relevant policies and procedures that apply to your role
· You’ll have access to learning, development and engagement opportunities for volunteers

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Mandatory Training includes Welcome Training, Data Protection, Confidentiality, Safeguarding,.
Introduction to Dementia, Dementia Friends, Role Specific Induction
Along with access to a wide range of elearning all of which supports your Continued Professional Development