At ADSS we are always happy to welcome volunteers and supporters. Despite being a relatively small charity we run many different services. Therefore if you are interested in being part in our organisation, please feel free to read all about many of our services and some of the volunteers options they have to offer. For more information please feel free to contact us.
We have a super team of volunteers at ADSS.
Our primary aim is to help people to remain living in their own home for as long as possible and to support their carers throughout their caring role and beyond, even after that role has ended.
Our Charity is growing and we are developing new services for local people with dementia and their Carers. As a result of this growth, we need the help of more volunteers.
In return for their time ADSS offers training, ongoing support and opportunities to improve skills and knowledge.
Our volunteers have a real sense of doing something worthwhile for their community. Travel expenses are paid and refreshments are provided where appropriate.
Please note that Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks are taken up for all staff and volunteers.
The Dementia Buddy Scheme is now running at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals. We are currently recruiting volunteers who would like to be trained as “Dementia Buddies”.
This is a very rewarding and much needed role that can make all the difference to a patient with memory problems and their families, ensuring they receive the best possible care. Time is a valuable commodity on the ward and a dementia buddy volunteer’s sole responsibility and focus is on the patient providing company, stimulation and one to one attention, especially at meal times.
Working in partnership with the ward sisters team, the Dementia Buddy is able to free up nurses, giving them time to deliver on the clinical needs of the patient. If you possess core skills in communication, compassion and an understanding of the needs of those living with dementia, please volunteer, get involved and make a difference.
If you posses core skills in communication, compassion and an understanding of the needs of those living with dementia, PLEASE ......... volunteer, get involved and make a difference.
For more information please contact Nicola Lambert our Dementia Buddy Co-ordinator on 01474 533990 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Peer Support groups are being set up, one in Dartford & the other in Gravesend. They will be groups which support people recently diagnosed and at the early stages of dementia. The peer support group meets twice a month for two hours. We need two volunteers at each venue to assist the facilitator.
Singing for the Brain Volunteers – Wilmington
'Singing for the Brain' is designed for people with dementia and their carers, giving them a structured singing session with simple percussion exercises to stimulate the brain and give carers and those they care for the opportunity to share an interesting activity they can do and enjoy together. The group runs on Tuesday afternoons. We require two volunteers to support the facilitator of the group. Non singers are most welcome!
Carer Support Group, Farningham
This group meets over lunch in Farningham every six weeks. It is an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to have a relaxed, social time as well as having the opportunity to share concerns and worries in a supportive, non-judgmental setting. One volunteer is needed to support the facilitator.
Volunteers join our staff team and help run activities at our day care centre in Northfleet such as Snooker, indoor bowls, table tennis, cards, music, art and conversation. Lunch is provided and out of pocket expenses are paid.
Minibus drivers collect clients from their homes and drive them to the day centre and then take them home again at the end of the day. An escort is always in attendance on the minibus. A KCC minibus driving course is mandatory to attend and paid for by us.
Support Group helpers provide carers with the opportunity to talk, whether it is just a chat or the chance to discuss a particular difficulty that they may be experiencing in caring for a person with dementia. Volunteers also make refreshments for the group and organise social events.
Dementia Cafe Volunteers offer support in a variety of ways. Our cafes run in Dartford, Swanley, Gravesend, Meopham, West Kingsdown and Hartley.