Education Support Volunteer

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Join our volunteer team and support our education workshops on dementia and caregiving by becoming an Education Support Volunteer.

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We are mindful of the importance of social distancing and the role we play in our communities to protect the health of our clients, employees and their families during COVID-19. We have therefore suspended the Society's in-person activities and volunteer engagement program for the next while - this includes Minds in Motion®, support groups and other education.

In the meantime, if you would like to complete a volunteer application, we will follow up when the programs re-opens. We look forward to discussing next steps with you as soon as we return to business as usual!

“I learned that dementia is a journey, that each day is a new day, that we are not alone and that we (and how we feel) matter. There is help and support.”

- Workshop participant

About the role

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers workshops on a variety of topics related to dementia and caregiving for persons with dementia. Education Support Volunteers assist workshop facilitators to set up/tear down workshop space, register participants, organize refreshments, greet and assist individuals as they arrive, and facilitate break-out sessions during the workshop.

    Commitment

    • Between 5 – 10 hours per month, 1 year commitment preferred OR;
    • 2 presentations and one information booth per month.
    • Flexible as scheduling permits
    • Primarily week day/daytime hours, some evening/Saturday availability

    Benefits

    • Increase knowledge about dementia and family caregiving
    • Gain experience facilitating group discussions
    • Spread awareness and support to persons with dementia and those caring for them
    • Position may count towards training and experience for direct support volunteer positions, including workshop or support group facilitator roles
    • References/reference letters may be provided to volunteers who have successfully completed 6 or more months in their position

    Requirements

    • Friendly, outgoing personality and well-developed listening skills
    • Willingness and eagerness to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as family caregiving
    • Self-awareness and ability to recognize and respect boundaries with regards to answering questions and interacting with participants
    • Ability to travel within the South Fraser region
    • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs

    Training

    • Orientation to Society programs, services and information resources

    Volunteer opportunities

    Whether you have been personally affected by dementia or caregiving; are preparing for a career in health care, fundraising, office administration; or are looking for a worthy cause where you can make a difference, our movement needs you.

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