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Session Volunteer

About the opportunity

Ditch the Slippers addresses issues of loneliness and social isolation in older people living in North Wealden, including those living with a diagnosis of early Dementia.  It also gives respite to family carers whilst their loved one takes part in a happy supported activity. There are two events each week – Games on Mondays and Singing on Thursdays.

Activities are led by professionals and take place in church halls in Crowborough. Joining our dedicated group of volunteers will involve anything from keeping a game going to finding the right page in a songbook to helping with refreshments and giving members sensitive support.  Referrals to Ditch the Slippers come from families, health professionals, community support workers and others. Most importantly, everyone is given an opportunity to socialise in a safe and welcoming environment.

Games take place on Monday morning from 10.15 to 12.00 noon and Singing on a Thursday morning from 10.15 to 11.45am and some members are transported by our volunteer drivers. As a volunteer you would support one or more activity each week or you would be happy to support on a less frequent basis, but frequently enough to keep up to date with what is happening and be familiar with procedures.

We also welcome volunteers with new ideas who feel they could extend the range of activities we provide, depending on their own skills and interests.

We would also welcome volunteers with new ideas who feel they could extend the range of activities we provide, depending on their own skills and interests.

About Ditch the Slippers

Ditch the Slippers is a small local independent voluntary group grown out of a movement started by an Occupational Health Therapist and which was originally known as Friends of Beechgrove.

What are they looking for?

We are looking for people who are welcoming, friendly, cheerful and sensitive to the needs, abilities and individual preferences of our clients, while working as part of a small team of volunteers.

Join in with the activity that benefits the group e.g, singing, keeping a game going and help members to feel included and involved as appropriate. This could be simply sitting close to a member to encourage them to join in.

Assist with serving refreshments

Be conscious of your role, with colleagues, in safeguarding adults and respecting confidentiality.

Maintain sensible standards of safety at all times, keeping to the guidelines set out by the organisation.

Practical Considerations

Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed, including voluntary driving @45 pence per mile.

Must have

  • Will require a criminal record check (DBS)

Location

  • Crowborough

More Information

For further information about this opportunity see the Ditch the Slippers details on the Do-it webpage on the following link  https://do-it.org/opportunities/b6906187-349d-4f33-9bdf-2ce077bb0e06