Dementia and Namaste Practice Volunteer

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We need you!

We are looking for a skilled and friendly individual to join our Hospice team as a Dementia and Namaste Practice Volunteer, to help deliver support to local people living with advance dementia, and their carers.

In 2020 St Clare Hospice secured some funding to deliver support to local people living with advanced dementia, and their carers. Following a success pilot we are ready to embark on phase 2 of our project and have a new volunteer role emerging for helping us ensure more people living with dementia can benefit from regular Namaste Care sessions.

What is Namaste?  Namaste care offers sensory activities in a safe and comforting environment. It centres on understanding the things that people like and enjoy and which make them feel happy and relaxed, so that these activities can be personalised, meaningful and engaging. Therefore Namaste may include a variety of activities such as:

  • offering gentle touch, e.g. through hand massage
  • playing favourite music
  • making a memory box
  • reading favourite books / poems
  • encouraging gentle movement

What are the key tasks of this role?

  • Namaste Care Practice Volunteers will be delivering Namaste Care sessions to people living with dementia in a range of settings that might include; residential care homes, in the Hospice, on a ward in a hospital and possibly in people’s homes with a carer present. This is all dependent on the COVID status at the time.
  • Namaste Care Practice volunteers will be offered training to help them understand the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. This training might include Dementia Friends training and other bespoke workshops.
  • The Namaste Care Practice volunteers will also be provided with training about Namaste Care that will cover;
    • The background and core principles of Namaste Care
    • The impact it can have on people living with dementia, staff/colleagues, and unpaid carers.
    • Knowledge about the practical application of Namaste Care and how to get started.
  • Namaste Care Practice Volunteers will be provided with equipment and kit to use for sessions delivered. There will be an expectation that a record is kept about numbers of beneficiaries, successes and challenges
  • Volunteers will be assigned a place to deliver a Namaste Care session – this will be in partnership with the project coordinator, but might include the hospice, a hospital or a residential care/nursing home.

Working hours: To be confirmed


What skills, experience or personal qualities will I need?

  • Ability to take on information
  • Creative and adaptable
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • IT literacy – ability to confidently use, and take part in sessions via Zoom / Microsoft Teams etc.
  • Empathetic
  • Non-judgmental
  • Reliable
  • Experience with a complimentary therapy would be beneficial

The difference this role makes to St Clare Hospice…

By participating in this project you will:

  • Raise awareness across our catchment area that St Clare Hospice wants to support people living with dementia, and their carers.
  • Provide direct intervention to people living with dementia
  • Support people living with dementia to live well
  • Give people a better understanding of our work and what is available to them more widely at St Clare Hospice. They will therefore have better access to our services in future.

Your support will help us meet our strategic aims of:

  1. Reaching significantly more people who are facing death, dying and loss in our local communities.
  2. Supporting our communities to become more resilient, to support each other and to remain independent for as long as possible.
  3. Seeking partnerships with other organisations to deliver better care for our patients.

Underpinning our core Values

By volunteering with us, you’ll be part of a community that celebrates St Clare Hospice’s core values of compassion, integrity, respect, excellence and team work. Everyone who is a part of the St Clare team is expected to embody this approach to their work, ensuring that our Hospice can continue improving and meeting the needs of local people facing death, dying and loss.

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More information

For more information about this role, including: the benefits you can expect when joining our Hospice; the training and support you will be given in your role; and other details about volunteering with St Clare, please read the full Volunteer Role Description.

Please click here to read more about the Dementia and Namaste Support Volunteer role


Apply to volunteer in this role

Thank you for your interest! If you think you’d be a good match for this exciting volunteering role at St Clare, we’d love to hear from you.

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