A charity is appealing for volunteers to help with a number of new projects for people with dementia being launched in Dundee and beyond.
The city’s branch of Alzheimer Scotland is preparing to launch schemes in collaboration with the McManus museum and art gallery, St Aiden’s Church, Men’s Shed and the YMCA.
The aim is to provide activities with people with dementia to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.
Maureen Mitchell, the charity’s community activities organiser for Dundee, said: “Alzheimer Scotland’s are looking to recruit volunteers who are enthusiastic, able to show a commitment to supporting people with dementia and their carers and keen to share their range of skills.
“The include films, music, woodwork, history and gardening.
“We are about to launch a number of collaborative projects in Dundee and in the Invergowrie area, which will be exciting, person centred and fun for participants and volunteers.
“The projects are about building an individual’s capacity to live better with dementia and to build their confidence by doing things they enjoy.
“For the volunteers it will be a satisfying and rewarding experience, and it may enhance their job prospects.”
The number of hours that volunteers are expected to commit to are flexible and can be as little as half a day per week.
Maureen added: “It’s really up to the volunteer, although this is about building relationships with the service users, so some continuity is needed.”
The projects include guided tours, history and storytelling with the McManus for five to eight weeks; film and music experiences with St Aiden’s Church in Broughty Ferry from April; six weeks of DIY with Men’s Shed; and a range of gardening activities with the YMCA in Broughty Ferry from March until October.
Anyone interested in volunteering can email mmitchell@Alzscot.org.