Memory Cafe Volunteer (Southern Brooks)

The Retreat Memory Café is due to open in September 2017 at St Stephen’s Church, Church Rd, Bristol BS16 4RH, Soundwell.  A Memory Café is a place where people with a memory impairment, or those living with dementia (diagnosed or undiagnosed) can attend with a carer or alone (where appropriate), without fear, where they can have access to important social connections and activities that will help enable them to live better with dementia. This could include memory games, singing, memory bags, and day trips.


It is also a place where carers can meet others in similar situations, connect, exchange information, and offer support to each other.


Most Memory cafes take the form of several tables set up, with tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes being served by volunteers, who also meet and greet, arrange activities, interact and offer support to members.


Role of Memory Café Volunteer

  • To meet and greet

  • To bake cakes (expenses will be paid from funding)

  • To serve hot beverages, cakes and biscuits

  • To sit with Café members and help them make social connections with each other

  • To arrange memory café activities

  • To ensure paperwork such as registration forms, are maintained

  • To help set up and tidy after each session

  • To help generate fundraising leads


Not every volunteer will be expected to undertake all tasks. If you have a particular area of interest or skill, please indicate it on the application form.


Time commitment:

Approximately 3.5 hours on a monthly basis. (09.15 – 12.30) in line with the Café rota, plus attending occasional meetings and training sessions.
Volunteers are not expected to attend every session, and it will be for the Lead
Volunteer to arrange a sufficient rota.


Support and Training:

All volunteers will be fully supported through supervision and training.
We are willing to work with volunteers to identify skills they want to develop while they are volunteering.



Complete the form online and email to, or return a paper copy to our office at Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway, South Glos, BS34 5LP.
Call 01454 868 570 for assistance with applying.



  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to listen to others


Personal Qualities

  • Trustworthy
  • Willing to learn about dementia
  • Friendly and welcoming


  • Baking experience
  • Experience of arranging group activities
  • Fundraising experience

Additional requirements

To have or apply for an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.






Befriending and Support
Event and Group Support


Southern Brooks


Kingswood & New Cheltenham

Time Commitment: 



over 18

Closing Date: 

Ongoing until further notice