Befriender for people with dementia

Organisation Name: Beetle Bank Social Farm

Organisation Address:
Moor Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5XD

Organisation's Cause:
Mental Health
Older Adults

Type of Voluntary Activity:
Befriending / Buddying
Practical work & DIY
Volunteering with Animals
Volunteering with Older Adults

Location of Voluntary Activity:
Osbaldwick and Derwent Ward

Role description:
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to being at the farm once a week on a Tuesday for either a full or half day. A full day is between 10am and 4pm for service users, a half day could be either the morning or afternoon. Any extra support with cleaning would also be welcome before and after these hours.

Your role would be largely social, engaging and interacting with service users living with dementia and getting to know them. Being a companion during activities is also important and has the potential to enrich the experience for them. Other ways volunteers can help at the moment is by reminding service users (when necessary) of our safety measures. Volunteers must also be willing to comply with our Covid-19 risk assessment and measures to control the risk of transmission.

Most of the day is spent outside but refreshments and lunch are sometimes taken inside depending on weather conditions. Volunteers will need to bring their own lunch and refreshments as this is also recommended at the moment. Our guidance states there is no mandatory use of masks expected, but if that is preferred then anyone involved can choose to wear one. Washing hands and physical distancing are the primary measures we are using, alongside cleaning (this comes from official guidance within the sector).

The farm is in Murton on the outskirts of York, although not on a public transport route. Therefor any volunteer will need their own transport or be willing to organise getting there somehow. Expenses can be paid towards travel expenses.

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
• Previous dementia awareness or training in dementia care, or• Experience of working with people with dementia or other vulnerable adults (desirable)• DBS (criminal records check) clearance - willingness to go through check (essential)• Ability to follow protocols around Covid-19 safety measures (essential)• Relaxed and friendly in manner (essential)• Enjoy the company of people (essential)• A good listener (essential)• Encouraging and non judgemental (essential)• Comfortable with silences (desirable)• Able to assist people sensitively that takes account of their abilities, e.g. the use ofverbal prompting (essential)• Enjoy being outside in most weathers (desirable)• Own transport or a lift (essential)

Will there be a DBS check? Yes

Driving Licence required? No

Volunteer's own vehicle required? No

Suitable for:
Ongoing Volunteering

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere. A role in reestablishing a viable service for people with dementia during the pandemic where almost everywhere else has shut down. A safety first environment adhering to our Covid-19 specific risk assessment. The rule of supporting often marginalised people with dementia is often very rewarding in itself. It is a privileged role to enable people on the periphery of society to remain involved in meaningful activity and maintain their citizenship.

When are volunteers needed: On Tuesdays. Either for a full day (10-4) or a half day (either 10-1 or 1-4). Support with cleaning either side of the service (before 10 and after 4) would also be very helpful but not essential.

How to get involved:
Please contact Justin Mazzotta for more details or to express an interest: Email: Tel: 07932 420726

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 30-06-2021