Do you enjoy being in nature?
Are you interested in supporting people in your local community?
If yes, then becoming a volunteer for Sensory Trust could be the perfect opportunity for you!
We are looking for volunteers to support our dementia friendly activity groups in Cornwall, as part of our Creative Spaces project.
Our activity groups support people living with dementia and their carers to access nature and meet others in similar situations whilst also benefitting from physical exercise. We encourage the group members to take ownership of their groups from deciding the locations of their walks to making the refreshments and encouraging others in their community to join their group.
Our volunteers therefore take on a supportive role, as opposed to that of a leader. They are there to enable, rather than ‘do for’ they listen, encourage the individuals to make decisions and find ways to make these happen.
The role includes:
- greeting members at the start of the activity session
- helping new members integrate into the group
- ensuring group members all leave safely at the end of each session
- being responsible for activity accessories such as first aid kits, refreshments, etc.
- liaising between the activity group and the Sensory Trust
Our volunteers must be respectful and supportive of people living with dementia, their family carers and the issues they face on a daily basis, as well sensitive to different levels of mobility, stamina and confidence within the group. We are looking for volunteers who can support individuals to reach their capabilities within their range of physical health and mental wellbeing.
No experience necessary. Training is offered in:
- First Aid (Outdoor Activities)
- Dementia Awareness
- Moving and Handling
Please note: Travel expenses will be covered.
Meet our volunteers
Hilary has been volunteering with the Happy Wanderers walking group since 2015. Through gentle support Hilary provides a warm welcome to new members, reassurance when needed and encourages everyone to participate as much as they are able.
"Walking is what we do but add to that nice chats with friends, with a break for a cuppa, and we always think the time's gone too quickly!"
Hilary, Walking Group Volunteer
"I've given a little of my time to the Sensory Trust but I've gained so much friendship, I feel my time has been repaid 100 fold."
Marilyn, Wednesday Wanderers group
We undertake work throughout Cornwall and have volunteering opportunities from Penzance to Bude. Contact us to find out more.
Image credit: Tom Johnson