When JAA was formed we relied on just a single volunteer to support the few staff the organisation employed.
In 2020 we are proud to have over 35 volunteers helping us to support our friends and clients.
We are all so proud and grateful for the time given which last year totalled a massive 1390 volunteer hours.
What do Volunteers do?
Our volunteers can be found in a range of places every week. We have a couple of people who give time in the office with admin and another who helps with fundraising. We are currently putting together a small team of people just to help with fundraising and events as that is an area that really takes a lot out of the staff. Most of our volunteers can be found making our weekly activities run smoothly, whether that’s Arts Exploration, Forget Me Not or BSK Cafe groups, Splashchat, Musical Memories or The Saturday Club. Whether its sitting chatting to clients, making the tea and coffee or just taking the register we couldn’t do what we do without them.
Who can Volunteer?
Anyone can offer their time to help JAA. If you have a couple of hours a week to offer on a regular basis or occasionally we would love to hear from you. Maybe you have a specific skill, interest or hobby that you could bring to us, maybe you just want to help with fundraising or are great at making the tea at events. Whoever you are and whatever you can give we will try and match what you can bring to what we need.
You will be asked to complete an application form and we will need to do some reference and DBS checks. Once they are done you will be asked to attend induction training that includes safeguarding, safe handling and health & safety training. Every year we like to meet with every volunteer individually just to see how the year has been and what we can learn.
People volunteer for a host of reasons, some have had personal experience of living with dementia in some way, others just have time they want to give. Whatever the reason JAA couldn’t support the people we do without the help volunteers give. Here are some thoughts from a few of our volunteers:
Carolyn has been volunteering for JAA for over 4 years. When she retired she felt she wanted to do something useful and found JAA on the internet looking for volunteers. Carolyn helps in the office one day a week and with fundraisers when she can. She helps with some admin and sorting donations but really loves getting out into the community and keeping places supplied with our leaflets and literature.
Jean first found JAA when her late husband attended our Saturday Club. She herself attends our Friendship Group for carers and now helps arrange the bi-monthly lunch meetings. Jean has been helping out at various events for about 2 years. She has helped at fundraisers and at our roadshows but more recently can be found making the tea at Musical Memories where she loves watching the happiness singing and making music can bring.
Jackie gives every Wednesday afternoon to help JAA with fundraising and events. Both of Jackie’s parents had dementia and after hearing a talk about what JAA does for people living with dementia and the support they offer their family and carers she wanted to give something back. 6 years laters she says she has really come to appreciate the great work the team does, quite often behind the scenes, and enjoys being part of that.
Jackie’s message is a simple one – ‘Absolutely do it! It’s good to give something back to our community when we can.’
To find our more about current volunteering opportunities pls email: Bev@jerseyalzheimers.com
Did you know?
At least 42,000 younger people (under the age of 65) in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.