VolunteeringAre you interested in volunteering with us? Read on to find out more.
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
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 training hubs. Currently we have three – You can chose from Cheltenham, Gloucester or Forest of Dean. We’ll soon have one in Stroud too. 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.
Each care home that hosts a hub are fully committed to supporting Mindsong, which is just brilliant. We have formed a choir in each home, where the residents have a lot of fun and we can train our volunteers in running singing groups in a practical way.
Usually small teams are formed (and new friendships) who leave the hub, when they are ready, and run a singing group in another home in their 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.
We issue every volunteer with one of our carefully curated songbooks. These are tried and tested songs that your group should know and enjoy. We also include the music for each song – just in case there are some you don’t know.
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 Jane, our volunteer manager and she will talk to you about the work we do. If you want to go a bit further she will invite you to come to one of our hubs, where you can meet other volunteers and see how we work.
If you think we are right for you, you will continue to be trained at the hub 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 disease. Our therapists 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.