Volunteering

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Our Volunteers

Providing Meaningful Music for people living with dementia.

We couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers, and a brilliant bunch they are.

Many are drawn from local choirs, but by no means all. Most are people who love music and want to share it with others.

If you’d like to know more contact Jane Rothery our volunteer manager on

jane.rothery@mindsong.org.uk

training & support

We do not send you out on our behalf without training and ongoing support.

When you first join us you’ll be invited to join one of our volunteer teams. This is your chance to find out if you like what we do and where we do it. Not everyone does and that is absolutely fine.

If you decide that we are for you, then you will have an induction. After that you will be placed in a small team in another home in your area. In this way we hope to be able to offer singing to people with dementia throughout the county.

Support is ongoing, it is important that we constantly keep in touch and keep what we are doing fresh and relevant.

We also offer regular additional training, which will keep you up-to-date with current best practice, our safeguarding policy and add to your repertoire.

SONG BOOKS

We issue every volunteer with one of our carefully curated songbooks. These are tried and tested songs that your group should know and enjoy.

f.a.q

Is there a recruitment process?

Yes. We work with vulnerable adults so we are conscientious about recruiting new volunteers.

What happens next if I am interested?

You will meet either Jane or Kate, depending on which part of the county you live in. They will talk to you about the work we do. If you want to go a bit further they will invite you to come to one of our hubs, where you can meet other volunteers and see how we work.

And then?

If you think we are right for you, you will continue to be trained  until you are confident about joining a smaller team and working in a care home or day centre in your area.

How much time would I have to give?

As much or as little as you can. Some of us still work full-time, some part-time, some are retired. But everyone is busy. We try and put you into a team of at least 3. This means that between you there are always 2 volunteers at each session.

Do you offer support if I find the work challenging?

Absolutely, unless you have experience of dementia already it can be a bit of a shock the first time. Let’s not beat about the bush, dementia is not an easy condition. Our volunteer management team are there to support you and most of our volunteers quickly settle and bond with those they work with. Most describe the experience as joyous and powerful…not a bad way to spend a morning.