Tea and Memories volunteer wanted

Abbeyfield is one of the largest voluntary sector UK-wide providers of housing and support for older people, committed to alleviating loneliness while maintaining independence. Volunteers are vital in helping to provide the support and friendship for the residents they have in each house. Your time and companionship can make a real difference to the quality of their life.

Summary of the Role

  • Research with older people has shown that when you gather a group together in a social setting and provide the opportunity to share memories and life experiences, confidence is boosted, new friendships develop, loneliness is reduced and an individual’s outlook on life is enhanced.
  • A new project entitled ‘Tea and Memories’ promotes all of these benefits at group sessions.
  • Volunteer facilitator shows an archive film clip which prompts older people to reminisce; suddenly conversations are triggered and there is much enthusiasm for people to tell their stories with an opening phrase of ‘I remember’ or ‘do you remember’.
  • As a facilitator you will have access to Living Memories online portal with over 2,200 archive films and newsreels from the 1930s to the 1980s, or with a DVD and will show a selected item to your audience on a large screen TV.
  • Afterwards you will be able to prompt questions with the help of a user guide and you will find that people readily wish to talk about their earlier years and memories.
  • You will be rewarded by the joy and enthusiasm experienced by your audience and the knowledge that you have helped bring people together, perhaps creating new friendships. Importantly you will have motivated people who will look forward to the next session over a cup of tea.

What Abbeyfield are looking for:

  • A caring and enthusiastic person who can create an environment that helps build relationships with older people who live and share life together in our Abbeyfield houses and then with older lonely people living in the local community as we look to develop outreach opportunities.
  • A person with good listening skills, friendly personality and the ability to motivate people.

How much time is involved?

  • No more than 2-3 hours per fortnight.

The benefits for you:

  • Broaden your experience of life as well as giving you the chance to do things you are good at.
  • DBS check
  • Induction and support
  • Training
  • A real sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you are making a difference, Importantly you will have fun.

You will be joining a dedicated group of volunteer friends who will be doing other roles and who thoroughly enjoy the opportunities to help older people.

For more information about Tea & Memories, please contact Joanne Painter on:

Phone Number: 07831 990 653 or Email: j.painter@abbeyfield.com

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