The Memory Box Project

Ways to get involved

Hospital volunteering roles

One way of volunteering for us is to run sessions within your local hospital. Running sessions can sometimes be a daunting prospect but with our training, supervision and continued support we aim to arm you with the tools in order to create a relaxed, fun and open environment for all those who attend your sessions. We offer group sessions and 1:1 visit’s, if you feel you have a preference please discuss this at interview and we will find the best placement for you. Please download the Hospital Volunteering role description (PDF) for more information.

Community volunteering roles

Another popular volunteering role is within the community. Running sessions in a variety of venues such as care homes, day centres, memory cafes, libraries and with other dementia friendly groups. The large majority of these will be group sessions and will be facilitated by a leader. We welcome volunteers who would like to lead sessions themselves or volunteers to support existing sessions with another team member. This is a unique and enjoyable way to reach a wide range of people living with dementia across Hampshire. Due to the locations of many of the venues the ability to drive is desirable to the role. Please download the Community Volunteering role description (PDF) for more information.

Admin, Research and blogging volunteering roles

Volunteering with The Memory Box Project isn’t always about the sessions. We also need admin based volunteers to help from our central Southampton based office with a variety of general admin tasks for the boxes. If your strengths lie with heritage and research, we have a role for you too! We have an ever-expanding collection which we create fact sheets and information guidance for our facilitators. Or maybe you have a talent for blogging and would like to write monthly blog posts for us! If you are interested to find out more, please download our Admin, Research and Blogging volunteering role (PDF).

Memories Brought Home

Session and Transportation Volunteering Roles

Supporting or running sessions is an engaging and fun way to volunteer for the Project. You will learn skills in reminiscence and object handling, communication and supporting our clients, along with taking part in the activities and heritage content of the workshop sessions. Some of our clients are partly experiencing loneliness and social isolation due to a lack of transportation. If you have a car and can commit time to transport our participants from their homes to the sessions, and then return them safely back again we would love to hear from you! Please download our Session and Transportation Volunteering role description (PDF) for more details.

Social Media and Blogging Volunteering roles

Are you tech savvy? We need volunteers to pump our social media presence full of wonderful updates to showcase the Project in all its glory! Social Media Volunteers will be asked to complete regular updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and come up with new and exciting methods to record Memories Brought Home’s work. Blogging Volunteers will work remotely: researching local heritage and writing blogs about the project sessions. Everything you write and post will be used as evidence of the projects success so you are free to be as creative as you wish. To find out more, take a look at our Social Media and Blogging Volunteering role description (PDF).

Research volunteering roles

Local heritage is a huge part of this project, connecting people who are experiencing social isolation or loneliness through their own heritage and community history. Based across Hampshire this projects offers a wide range of heritage sites and opportunities to suit all attendees. You may already have an extensive knowledge of your local area and would like to offer up the information you know by giving talks, writing about the local heritage or simply volunteer behind the scenes researching all the heritage aims ready for each weeks sessions. How you carry out your research is entirely up to you so whether you enjoy visiting your local library or searching online the choice is yours! Download our Research Volunteering role description (PDF) and find out more today.