Are you a kind, caring and adaptable person? Are you looking to become a volunteer to provide support for people living with Dementia? Why not come along to Kennington Memory Club? We are looking for volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Memory Club Lunchtime Helper
We are looking for people to specifically help out over lunchtime between 12.00 am and 2.00 pm. We offer our members the choice of ordering a hot meal supplied or bringing their own food.
The role requires the use of a car, first for collecting the hot meal cooked in St Swithun’s School kitchens (Kennington), and afterwards for returning the empty containers. In between help is appreciated with chatting with members, clearing tables and washing up.
Occasional volunteers with specialist skills and talents such as music would be most welcome.
We have an active fundraising committee, and welcome help with our fundraising activities. We have organised all kinds of events, including coffee mornings, afternoon teas and sales, and also evening dinners with entertainment, which are open to the ticket-buying public. If you would like to help us raise money for the club, please contact us.
Volunteer Profile – Isobel
I wanted to be able to contribute in some way to Kennington Memory Club, having had the experience of my own mother’s decline with dementia. I know that the Club gives members a safe, stimulating change of surroundings from their homes and also invaluable relief to their carers.
Volunteering includes getting involved with the activities, chatting with members, helping with serving the hot lunches, making tea and coffee, and setting up and clearing up afterwards.
The members sometimes have great tales to tell about their lives and experiences which can put a new perspective on their characters and personalities. They certainly enjoy themselves and there can be lots of laughter. They go home relaxed and cheerful and the carers can seem positively reinvigorated by their few hours of respite. Contributing to all this makes the time spent volunteering so worthwhile. So why don’t you join us – new volunteers are always welcome and needed!
I have also started taking my registered Pets As Therapy dog, Darcy, to Kennington Memory Club occasionally. Her visits are much appreciated and she revels in the attention and stroking she gets as a PAT dog.
Volunteer Profile – Carol
I help at the club after seeing a family member struggle with memory loss.
We are a small group which allows time to be chatting to individual members as well as joining in communal activities.
Helen, Kathryn and Julie are the lovely ladies who put so much energy and fun into every meeting. As people arrive we sit together with tea or coffee and biscuits and chat about what we have been doing etc. It’s a lovely relaxed family atmosphere as we learn about the interesting things that our members have done in the past.
Everyone enjoys our “sing alongs” and many have amazingly strong voices and unlike me, they know all the words!!! We may not qualify for choir of the year, but we all join in and it’s very uplifting.
I get a great deal of pleasure spending time with these lovely people and hope the few hours I am there make a difference.