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Men's Shed - Social Support Volunteer

Dementia Australia
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Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to engage in meaningful relationships with people living with dementia
  • Have good people and communication skills, a positive attitude, and be empathetic and patient.
  • Basic knowledge of low-level do-it-yourself activities such as sanding, painting, etc.
  • Provide support to people living with dementia
  • Promote their dignity, and provide reassurance and validation of their emotions

Volunteers are expected to:

  • Provide assistance in facilitating activities for people living with dementia, as directed by Dementia Australia staff.
  • Provide support to clients who attend the respite centre with meaningful activities as recorded in their support plans including activities in the men’s shed.
  • Act in a compassionate and empathetic way to clients, people living with dementia, and their carers.
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with Dementia Australia staff members and clients.
  • Promote an awareness of the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
  • Communicate and act in consistent ways with Dementia Australia’s values.
  • Support and promote the work of Dementia Australia, maintaining a positive image of the organisation by the Code of Conduct.
  • Apply and uphold the principles of a respectful, inclusive and diverse workplace, free from discrimination, harassment or bullying.

Training & Induction - The shed supervisor will provide appropriate induction and training via an online portal and in-person 'on-the-job'.

Tea & Coffee are provided.

Please note the working environment has concrete flooring and will have machinery noise.

It is desirable that volunteers have a view to committing to volunteering for a minimum of 1 year.