SDWG are supported by volunteers who give their time to help us undertake the following tasks:
- Help prepare and set up and support us at monthly meetings
- Meet and escort members from railway / bus stations to our meeting venues
- Drive members to events and escort and support members at events
- Help members prepare presentations and feedback reports
- Support us in the office to enable SDWG successes to happen
We are always on the lookout for new volunteers to join us. Your commitment to the group can be flexible in terms of your availability as we need people to support us at events that take place throughout the year.
Volunteering can help you:
- Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
- Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
- Meet people. Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
- Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
- Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
- Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
- Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
You will receive induction, training, support and expenses will be covered for travel.
Applicants may be subject to a criminal records check by Disclosure Scotland and references will be requested.
I began volunteering with SDWG after seeing an exhibition they were featured in in the city centre. The person overseeing the show gave me the contact details for one of the group members who put me in touch with a member of staff – it was really very easy.
The volunteer work I do with the SDWG is really varied; ranging from helping out (‘in the background’) with running the monthly meetings, to interviewing members about their experiences of living with dementia, to setting up AV equipment – I’ve even accompanied a member to a European Parliament meeting in Brussels!
I have been volunteering with the SDWG for just over a year. It has given me a real insight into the issues people with dementia face and this has helped me support friends who have relatives with dementia. The group members are massively inspiring owing to the amazing things they’re each (and collectively) capable of achieving, and they are also lovely people, which makes spending time with them very enjoyable. The Alzheimer Scotland staff are also great to work with – they’re very understanding of my non-voluntary commitments and also very supportive, which is a real help.
I met and got to know members of the Scottish Dementia Working Group whilst volunteering for the Scottish Opera project in 2012. I found the positivity and enthusiasm of the group members infectious. I began helping out at the Glasgow meetings and subsequently volunteered to help out at the Research Sub-Group meetings. At present I’m providing weekly one-to-one IT help for members who have iPads.
The SDWG has really challenged my preconceived ideas of what it means to live with dementia and what can be achieved by a determined group.
The staff are friendly, helpful and supportive which really makes volunteering easier and more enjoyable.
I have been involved with Alzheimer Scotland for nearly 10 years. My husband was diagnosed 9 years ago and he received support from the Younger Persons Project based in Oxford Street in Glasgow for a couple of years which gave me a break from caring. I was a member of a carers’ group, meeting monthly, and I still meet up with these friends. It was while attending AGMs of Alzheimer Scotland that I was introduced to the activities of the SDWG and I have been helping at meetings for 18 months. It has been an eye-opener to be with members of the SDWG who are ‘living’ with dementia. It is inspiring to be involved with these people who are so positive, friendly and out-going, and who want to make a difference. Everyone – members, Alzheimer Scotland staff, volunteers and invited speakers gains so much from the meetings.