Volunteer with us and help provide essential support to people living with dementia

As a local, small charity we are always looking for volunteers to support us. 

There are volunteer opportunities at our support centre, Sage House in Tangmere, to help with various wellbeing and social activities and in the different departments.

We also look for people to help us out in the community to support events, fundraising and raising awareness about the charity.

What we look for in a volunteer:

• Volunteers need a willingness to learn and understand Dementia and its related issues- training will be provided.
• Volunteers must be flexible and adaptable.
• Volunteers must have good communication skills.

Community Events we need volunteers for:

There are various community events held during the year we need volunteers for.

If you can help and volunteer your time, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

  • Saturday 6th July, from 6.30pm – Chichester Cathedral Concert, performed by Southdowns Concert Band and Walton Voices Choir – we need people to help steward the event.
  • Saturday 13th JulyBoxgrove Summer Fete – we need people to help on our Dementia Support stall.
  • Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, 10am – 4pm – Charity Sausage Sizzle, a fundraising BBQ at Homebase, Chichester.  We need people to help on our stall – cook, serve and take money.  This can be done in shifts: 10am – 12noon, 12noon – 2pm or 2pm – 4pm.
  • Saturday 21st September – Boxgrove Dog Show. We need people to help on our stall. Times TBC.
  • Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, 10am – 4pm – Charity Sausage Sizzle, a fundraising BBQ at Homebase, Chichester.  We need people to help on our stall – cook, serve and take money.  This can be done in shifts: 10am – 12noon, 12noon – 2pm or 2pm – 4pm.
  • Saturday 2nd November, 6.30pm – 9pm – Harbour Voices Concert, St Pauls Church, Chichester. We need people to help steward the event.

What is it like to volunteer for Dementia Support

Shaun Lyndon Smith - volunteer in our Hair Salon

Shaun is the owner of Hair at No.4 Salon in Chichester. He very kindly donates his time and expertise at our Sage House Salon on a Wednesday.

“My experience is personal as my father had dementia and sadly my mother-in-law is going through a very similar thing.
Cutting hair for people living with dementia and their carers and the happy feeling of looking good is something I can give people.
Hairdressing is an artform I can give to people and give back to the community.
I enjoy doing it and the people here are great, they always make me feel so welcome. I’ve built up a bit of a bond with some of the clients here; they all walk past and wave and say ‘hello Shaun’.
So the more I can give back, the better I feel; its great fun. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it.”

Michael Turner - volunteer art tutor

Michael is one of our original volunteers. He set up our watercolour painting classes which provide a huge therapeutic benefit for people living with dementia and their carers.

“I volunteered to create watercolour art sessions that would provide a relaxed environment where visitors could interact with others at the hub through painting.
Watercolour painting is a wonderful and relaxing pastime that takes you into another world, it creates a wonderful distraction from the problems that surround us all.
At Dementia Support I have the opportunity to pass on my passion for watercolour painting through art sessions for those with dementia but equally for their carers. It gives me immense pleasure to see incredible images being created by all the participants during our art sessions.”

Get in touch

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sylvie Johnston, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01243 888 691 or email us.