Reference number: VAC13483 .
Area role covers: Colchester and Tendring districts
Contract type: Fixed Term until 30th September 2017
Interview date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
About the role
As Group Coordinator, you will coordinate, organise and facilitate the engaging and safe running of group services aimed to inform, educate, and support people affected by dementia in the Colchester and Tendring district. The type of services delivered in a group setting can be varied and may include Dementia Cafés, Activity Groups and Singing for the Brain™. It is desirable for you to have a musical background and possess confidence in your singing ability.
The sessions should be well designed and allow participants to engage fully to maximise their enjoyment and the beneficial impact; taking account individual needs of group attendees when designing group sessions and adjusting the programme as necessary. The role will involve effective service user involvement, co-ordination of service related volunteers and liaising with relevant statutory and voluntary organisations in the area.
You will possess an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent as well as having good organisation and facilitation skills combined with excellent communication and listening skills. An understanding of the value of group activities to people living with dementia along with experience in a care or support environment will be essential. It is desirable that you have experience of coordinating volunteers, and liaising with statutory and voluntary agencies. Due to the rural communities that you will be travelling to and transporting equipment and resources for the activity groups, it is imperative that you can travel independently.
If you have the qualities we’re looking for, and are passionate about improving the quality of life for people affected by dementia, then we want to hear from you.
Alzheimer's Society is committed to equal opportunities.