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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
- Willing to learn about dementia
- Friendly and welcoming
- Baking experience
- Experience of arranging group activities
- Fundraising experience
To have or apply for an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.