Minds in Motion - West Vancouver
Minds in Motion is a fun fitness and social program for people experiencing early stage memory loss. A 45 minute fitness program is followed by an hour of socializing and activities such as billiards, Wii, ping pong, board games, etc. People with dementia may attend alone or with a care partner.
We require volunteers to help coordinate the set up/ take down and, most importantly, assist attendees with their participation. Must be able to commit to at least 6 months.
The volunteer program assistant will help with set up and clean up of refreshments, games and activities for the social part of the program and assist the program facilitator to ensure activity participation and socialization. This may include spending one to one time with participants who need extra support.
Under the direction of the fitness instructor, provide assistance to participants during the fitness part of the program
- Assist with the set up and clean-up of refreshments, and with games and activities for the social part of the program
- Assist the facilitator to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be included, has an enjoyable experience, and is able to participate in activities and socializing. This may include spending one-to-one time with participants who need extra support. Please note this program is on Fridays from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. Volunteers are required to be there from 12:45 to 3:30pm
The volunteer should enjoy being with people, be comfortable reaching out and including others and be patient, friendly and fun; comfortable in a non-competitive, inclusive environment.
Have experience working with older adults. Minimum 6 month commitment is preferred.
Have at least a basic knowledge and experience with dementia
Be physically able to participate in the fitness part of the program
Have the physical ability to lift light weights and supplies
Society orientation is provided. Criminal Record check required upon acceptance.
Access to the Society's dementia education programs
Access to monthly volunteer meetings Participate in the fitness part of the program
Learn about dementia
Gain experience with people with early stage dementia and care partners
Inclusion in the volunteer recognition program Requires police records check. Volunteers needed for Tuesday morning (9:30 to noon) West End Community Centre program. Coffee / Tea