People with a diagnosis of dementia experience many changes to their day to day lives which can lead to feeling a loss of meaning and purpose. While some people may believe they are no longer able to contribute, this is not always the case.
Alzheimer’s WA Volunteering Program focuses on the individual rather than the disease. We believe people with dementia are able to contribute to society in meaningful ways and one way of doing this is through our volunteering program. The program allows a person with dementia to feel valued and presents opportunities to keep physically, mentally and socially active.
Using skills and talents
While volunteering a person is given the opportunity to use their talents and abilities to contribute in a meaningful way. This is particularly popular with people who have recently retired and those living with younger onset dementia.
By participating in the volunteering program, people living with dementia also help to reduce the stigma and raise awareness within the wider community about dementia.
Where do I start?
If you are interested in taking part in our volunteering program, a meeting will be arranged with you and your support person to discuss your day-to-day life, wellbeing, interests, strengths and experiences so we can find volunteering opportunities to best suit you.
Possible volunteering opportunities at an organisation of your choice can also be explored and we will arrange for you to visit your chosen organisation so that you can learn more about the volunteer role.
Alzheimer’s WA also provide education and support to the organisation so they best support you.
An Alzheimer’s WA support person can provide transport to and from the chosen organisation if required and work alongside you as a companion during your volunteering time.
Interested in the program?
Government funding is available to help with the cost of this program in some circumstances.
If you would like to find out more about the volunteering program, please call us on 1300 66 77 88, email email@example.com or visit www.alzheimerswa.org.au.
- Available in WA
- Visitors & volunteers