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University of Essex Students’ Union

Students’ Union works with students to ensure that they have a well rounded experience at the university. Volunteering department provides a wide range of opportunities to students to help them develop skills for their CV’s, give back to the community and have the best possible experience at the university.

12 April 2018
East of England
Local Alliances:
Colchester Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

For the past few years, we’ve been running a project called Golden Age. Student volunteers visit local care homes once a week and socialise with the residents. One of the care homes we work is Foxburrow Grange. Foxburrow Grange specialises in caring for people with dementia. Our partnership with them has been ongoing for the past 5 years.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

At the beginning of the year, volunteers sometimes find it challenging working with people affected by dementia so we are looking to run the training course for them at the beginning of each academic term to ensure that they understand it better and have the best possible experience while volunteering

2. Actions

  • To promote dementia friends sessions within the Student Union

    Promote the existing project to our current and potential volunteering. Making sure as many people are aware of the opportunity to be a part of Golden Age project.

  • Support partner organisations with linking volunteers to projects, activities or events

    Attend regular meeting where there could be opportunities for cross promotion and partnership building. Link up with the organisations that might require volunteer support   

  • To ensure your volunteers have received relevant training to support people living with dementia

    Ensure that every committee member of Golden Age project has been trained up and understand how to work with dementia.