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.”
How can you Volunteer for Dementia Support