The Memory Box Project
Volunteer Role Description
The memory Box Project is a Wessex Heritage Trust project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to support people living with Dementia. We need volunteers to deliver reminiscence sessions to small groups of people living with Dementia and their carers in Hampshire. The aims of the project are to engage with, support & share memories with people living with Dementia with the view to improving the individuals well being.
This opportunity is based within Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, University Hospital Southampton, Queen Alexandra Hospital and Dorset County Hospital and the local communities across Hampshire in Care homes, community centres and other locations. Volunteers will be given full training and induction to deliver the reminiscence sessions in a fun, safe and engaging way. There are fourteen themed ‘Memory Boxes’ including, Seaside & Holidays, Cooking, Entertainment and Sports, all with a variety of vintage and newer objects and also including smells and sounds.
Ways to get involved
There are a number of ways to get involved with the project, and we welcome ideas from all our volunteers on how to grow the project. The most obvious and common way of volunteering for us is to run sessions within your local hospital and community. 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 visits, if you feel you have a preference please discuss this at interview and we will find the best placement for you.
We also require volunteers who are interested in heritage and research, to assist with researching our ever expanding collections. This role would mainly be carried out remotely and we would send you pictures, themes or local heritage areas for you to research in your own time, and environment. We are constantly creating fact sheets and researching some of our weird and wonderful items that we acquire and having volunteers to help with this is vital to our box sustainability.
Session Dates/ Times
The opportunity is mainly set around the environments we visit, honouring protected meal times and the needs of the participants. The project usually offers morning and afternoon sessions Monday to Friday with some flexibility of weekend events throughout the year. We can offer excellent training, support and further opportunities. Students are welcome to join our volunteering team and we will always offer a reference for further education applications after a period of volunteering with us.
The project is based within Hampshire: Hampshire Hospitals (Basingstoke, Winchester & Andover hospitals), University Hospital Southampton, Queen Alexandra Hospital and Dorset County Hospital and surrounding care homes, community centres etc. across Hampshire. Directions will be provided (dependent on placement location).
All volunteers will need to provide references and those who will be having client contact will need consent to a DBS check to be completed. This is free and you will be supported throughout the process.
Erin McMurtry - Project Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org