Reference number:VAC13748 .
Office location: Grimsby
Area role covers: North East Lincolnshire
Interview Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and numbers are set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
This is an exciting time for our services in North East Lincolnshire, as we develop and expand our support with innovative new services. You will be part of a highly skilled and passionate team of staff and volunteers who are making a difference in communities across North East Lincolnshire.
About the role
The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Adviser service provides a highly responsive and individualised information, signposting and referral service to people with a diagnosis of dementia and those that care for them.
The Dementia Adviser offers a point of contact for all people during the process of getting a diagnosis and also works after diagnosis assist people with dementia and their carers in identifying their needs. You will provide people with support and help to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being and help them to stay in control of their lives.
The Dementia Adviser will help people to access appropriate support and make contact with the right people for the help they need. You will signpost to other appropriate services and so it is important to ensure any information provided is accurate and accessible and understood by the service user.
You will develop and contribute to a database of local information, ensuring continual improvement of the service and growth in organisational knowledge.
This role will require you to build relationships with a wide and diverse range of local contacts. You will work collaboratively with health and care professionals as well as the wider community. You will be confident in widely promoting the Dementia Adviser service so that people with a diagnosis get referred to us as early as possible.
You will also maintain and develop links with partner organisations who work in the field of dementia to promote the aim of empowering individuals living with dementia to make informed choices. You will be committed to working alongside volunteers and will be responsible for the management of volunteers who will support you in your role.
We are looking for a motivated and passionate individual who possesses NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) with an understanding of dementia and the needs of those living with dementia and their carers.
Your ability to assess client needs along with the understanding of the need for client confidentially is essential to providing a valuable and worthwhile service. You will be comfortable with in working in the community so you can be visible and accessible to people with dementia, their families and their carers.
To be successful in this role you will have excellent, non-judgmental communication skills as well as strong organisational and time management skills in order to manage your caseload of clients effectively. You will work in a person centred way and be able to identify barriers to accessing services.
You will be asked to apply for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) check.
Are you someone who can work well as part of a team and committed to improving the quality of life for people living with dementia? Then take the first step and apply today.
Alzheimer's Society is committed to equal opportunities.