You can train to be a dementia buddy to support older people who attend the 131 Club or those who need support in the home.
You will support people living with dementia to get the most out of attending our 131 Club by:
- Being a friendly face to welcome people when they arrive
- Helping people to join in with 131 Club activities
- Chatting with people and encouraging them to join in with conversations
- Providing mobility assistance for people who need it, so they can get around
- Supporting people to get ready to leave and get on the bus
We have around 90 clients attending the 131 Club each week; we're open from Monday to Saturday as it's such a popular service. Our 131 Club — Dementia Buddies are there to support anyone living with dementia so that they can make the most of all the opportunities and activities available to them as part of our 131 Club service.
Support in the home
You will support people with dementia to live well and remain independent for as long as possible by:
- Helping to run Age UK Tameside groups/activities for people affected by dementia
- Being a friendly face to welcome people affected by dementia to Age UK Tameside groups and activities
- Chatting with people living with dementia at Age UK Tameside groups/activities so carers can tap into important peer support
- Supporting people with dementia to join in activities/conversations
- Supporting people affected by dementia to attend groups in their community
Working with people living with dementia and their carers is an important part of our work at Age UK Tameside. It is estimated that 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK – that’s 1 in 14 people (Courtesy of Alzheimer’s Research UK).