Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer – Older Adults Services
ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND
Buckinghamshire Mind was founded in 1914 as Buckinghamshire Association for Mental Health. The charity is independent and responsible for its own governance and income generation. We are proud to be affiliated to national Mind (the leading mental health charity in England and Wales) and to play our part in a diverse network of over 140 other local Mind associations.
Buckinghamshire Mind shares National Mind’s vision: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.” It remains our mission to deliver high quality community-based services across Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire to reach out and ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets access to the help they need.
Working from offices in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe we provide high quality services to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of society. Services include: wellbeing activity groups and peer support, older adults’ dementia support, Safe Haven crisis service, befriending, community partnership outreach services, peer support in schools’ projects, employment support and counselling.
Buckinghamshire Mind has over 500 volunteers (including 400 peer ambassadors/mentors in schools and over 100 in befriending partnerships). These dedicated individuals support our passionate staff team alongside an active service user council, who all ensure our services are tailored to need and are of the highest quality. Further information can be found at: www.bucksmind.org.uk.
What we do
Park Club in Chesham and Pippin Club in Prestwood are Buckinghamshire Mind’s services for older adults. Our service users have either dementia or other mental health issues, which make it difficult to access other services in the community.
Our services are for small groups of approximately ten service users. We aim to provide support, fun, companionship and stimulating activities in a friendly environment, giving carers a few hours respite. Both Park and Pippin provide a lunch that is cooked on the premises.
How we work
Through a small and friendly group setting, we provide support, companionship and stimulation for older adults who have become isolated in their community either through having dementia or another mental health problem. Our specialist workers develop close working relationships with all of our service users and a real understanding of their individual needs. We also place a strong emphasis on developing working relationships with families and carers in order to help us provide the best quality support to our service users.
Our two services at Park Club in Chesham and Pippin Club in Prestwood offer a variety of activities such as games, quizzes, orientation and reminiscence activities, crafts and physical activities.
If you feel you would like to get involved with our activities please get in touch.