Frequently Asked Questions
- What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive disorders affecting the brain, including Alzheimer`s disease.
- Why are volunteers required?
Until Covid 19 struck, we were running monthly forums at a location in Scawsby, staffed by volunteers. These are soon due to re-start. Our aim is to create additional monthly forums in other areas of Doncaster.
- What is a forum?
It is, essentially, a social gathering for people with dementia together with their carers. It provides a relaxed environment and opportunity for carers to meet and discuss their circumstances (it is amazing how just talking sometimes helps a carer, who may feel quite isolated). In addition, we might include activities to assist with mental stimulation and occasionally we benefit from various speakers who are able to pass on their knowledge and experience. It might be a healthcare professional, a specialist dementia nurse, a solicitor. Basically anyone who might be able to assist carers by providing information that they will find beneficial.
- What would I do as a volunteer?
Assist with activities.
Serve teas/cakes at one of our forums.
Maybe staff a local promotion of our activities (hand out leaflets).
Probably most important – talk to people.
- Would I need to become involved in personal care?
No. We are not a care agency and you would not be asked to become involved in the direct care of anyone.
- How much time would I need to provide?
As little as 2-3 hours per month would be a tremendous assistance.
- How do I become a volunteer?
Complete our Volunteer Registration Form and return it to us.
If you require any further information or have any queries at all, please contact me at the following email address.