Butterflies Dementia Support was formed for people living with dementia, their carers, and those suffering from social isolation.
Message from Julie Brown: I care for my dad who has dementia. I formed Butterflies, as I believe passionately that remaining active has helped keep my dad who is today. At times I have found this quite challenging, however it doesn't need to be.
Butterflies try to encourage anyone to attend so that other isolated people feel welcome, which in turn brings a true sense of normality for everyone. We are always looking for new ways to support people in a similar situation.
On Thursday afternoons we have an informal group meeting every week 'Giving Carers a Break' whilst their loved ones take part in therapeutic self advocacy sessions. The session starts with a chat over tea and cake, then, with the help of Qudos Creates we offer activities that are fun and uplifting, such as singing, movement, and dancing.
We are looking for volunteers who can help support the group by encouraging involvement, chatting with attendees, helping with refreshments and set-up/tidying at the end of the session. Please note the group will be moving to the Town Hall in the near future.
Days required: Thur PM
Recruitment process: An informal chat over the phone followed by a visit to the group
An informal chat over the phone followed by a visit to the group
Any experience within a similar setting or with dementia support would be great, but is not essential. If you are friendly, empathetic and can encourage people to get involved, we would love to hear from you!
There may be some lifting involved when setting up the room, so please take this into account. If you are a car driver, you may also be interested in our transport volunteer role.