Host Organisation: The Congleton Partnership

Self motivated person to visit organisations and business in Congleton to increase awareness and improve the environment for families living with dementia. Help make Congleton a dementia friendly town

Opportunity Interests: Carers, Families, Health and Wellbeing services, People with Mental Health Issues, Social and Community Care
Type of Activity: Administration, Befriending, Business Development, Campaigning / Lobbying
Location: Congleton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday PM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday PM, Thursday PM, Friday PM

Dementia Friends Development Manager.

Background /Introduction.
People with dementia and their carers talk about everyday challenges they face to live well with dementia. The health services function is crucial, but there is also a role that many others within a town can play to help make life a little easier for those living with dementia.
Dementia is believed to affect 1 in 14 people over the age of 65, and one in 79 of the whole population. Around 850,000 people in the UK are recognised as having dementia.
We aim to make Congleton a Dementia Friendly Town, to be able to offer more support to people living with dementia, make shopping, visiting, socialising much more enjoyable and inclusive.

Congleton already has more than 350 Dementia Friends, we are keen to work with residents, groups and organisations from aged 8 to 80!
The Role.
• To encourage more of our residents, organisations and businesses to become Dementia Friends
• To visit businesses, organisations, clubs, schools, shops, service providers etc to encourage them to attend Dementia Friends Awareness sessions.
• To encourage businesses, services etc to adapt their premises to create a dementia friendly environment, then monitor their progress over a period of time before awarding them recognition signage.
• Attend group meetings on a regular basis, to update the steering group on progress and any support required.
There are no set hours and you will have complete flexibility in what you do and the time you give to the task. All we ask is that we see some positive gains in participation with the scheme and improvement in the overall environment for people living with dementia.
Training / Support.
Initial training will be given by attending a number of Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions, shadowing a Dementia Champion and if so desired, training up to become a Dementia Friends Champion in your own right.
Workshop attendance will be paid for by The Partnership where appropriate and personal role development can be achieved.

Benefits to the volunteer.
The volunteer will improve their knowledge of Dementia and its different forms, develop skills to recognise the signs and ways of supporting both the person living with dementia and their carers.
Build up working relationships both externally and internally making new contacts and friendships along the way.
Gain a real feeling of self-worth and achievement knowing they are making a real difference to other peoples’ lives.
They will benefit the organisation by broadening the base of people/organisations involved in the project, improving both understanding and environment for the people of Congleton.
Location.
The role will be carried out in and around Congleton, they will have the support of The Partnership Coordinator for administration and equipment.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

To be self motivated, good communicator , well organised and confident when talking to organisations/business.
Specific subject matter training will be given.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: No
If yes, for what and at what rate?:
What support is available for the volunteer?:

Training by a dementia champion, some administration support by the Partnership coordinator. Off site workshop training as applicable, fees paid.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Training by a dementia champion and workshop training aas applicable.