Making Pals - Volunteer Training
Why do I need training to enter a care home?
Care homes are busy places with busy staff. They may not have time to spend training you to understand the complex need of the care home residents.
It is important for both your welfare and that of the care home residents, you understand what you should and should not do within a care home.
You can find more information about volunteering in care homes on our volunteering FAQ page
What will I learn from the training?
As part of the Making Pals project, we will be running different training courses for volunteers. Have a look at the courses below and see which one suits you best:
Care Home Volunteer
I day Training Provided – No previous skills, experience or qualifications needed – DBS Check
Care homes are very busy, active places which are shaped by the many interesting people from all walks of life and backgrounds that work and live in them. This means as a volunteer there are many opportunities for you to use your skills, hobbies and interests to volunteer with them.
One of the most valuable things you can commit your time to is to support residents’ activities. This could be anything from one to one time with individual residents, supporting group activities or even preparing objects and materials for games and events.
One to one activities may include helping a resident with an activity they enjoy like reading the newspaper, jigsaws, crosswords or trips out to the shops or even the local pub.
If you are an outgoing person or belong to a community group, you could assist with or run an activity within the care home. Perhaps you belong to a knitting group? Or a religious group? Or maybe you can play the piano? Do you like gardening, nature, fishing, dancing? Care homes would love you to come in and share your skills or time with the residents.
The role comes with a days training on volunteering in care homes, this includes sections on how to communicate with people living with dementia, how care homes work and how and when to assist care home residents.
Whatever you like doing or are good at, you can put it to great use with care home volunteering. So please get in touch and tell us a bit about yourself so we can find you the perfect role.
2 days Training Provided – No previous skills, experience or qualifications needed – DBS Check
Do you know your community well? Do you have a good social network and a skill for making things happen? We’re looking for volunteers to work with care home staff and residents to build ties between them and their local communities.
The role would involve talking to staff and residents in care homes to find out what activities the residents enjoy and heading out into the community to make those activities a reality.
It could be calling a local nursery to arrange for the children to visit or asking a local knitting group to include care homes, residents. Maybe it will be finding a local pub quiz or helping someone to attend a bowls club. The rose is as varied and interesting as the residents you will be working with.
As part of the role, you’ll receive two days training from the Making Pals project as well as support and regular meetings with the Making Pals project team and other Community Connectors across Greater Bristol.
The role can be as involved as you like, though it is best suited to a volunteer who is looking for a longer-term role.
Volunteer Minibus Driver
3 days Training Provided – Must hold current, preferably clean, full UK drivers licence – DBS Check
Care homes have a wonderful array of activities available to residents inside the home. But it is always very difficult and expensive to get residents out and about for activities. Many care homes have their own minibuses, but they often struggle to find drivers.
As a volunteer minibus driver, you’ll be working with care staff to assist residents to go out on day trips. The best part is you will be able to join them wherever they go, whether it be to the seaside for an ice-cream or to a museum, gallery or beautiful spot in the countryside.
You will receive one day of training on communicating with people living with dementia and two days of MiDAS training. Due to the cost of the training, this role is suited to a volunteer looking for a longer-term role.
Day Trip Assistant
I.5 day Training Provided – No previous skills, experience or qualifications needed – DBS Check
Care homes have a wonderful array of activities available to residents inside the home. But it is always very difficult and expensive to get residents out and about for activities. Many care homes have their own minibuses, though they struggle to find enough staff to go out on trips with the residents.
As a Day Trip Assistant, you will spend the day with the residents and the activity coordinator. You will help the residents on and off the bus and offer general help to residents as and when they need it.
As part of the role, you will receive one-day training on communicating with people living with dementia and how to assist residents effectively and safely. You will also receive PATS training, which is the officially recognised training for assisting minibus passengers with accessibility needs.
This role is flexible with you attending to help with day trips as when you can and want to. The best part is that you can join in with the residents in their chosen activity! Whether it be to the seaside for an ice-cream or to a museum, gallery or beautiful spot in the countryside.
When are Where can I attend?
The care home volunteer training will be held at two locations :
Bristol - The Create Centre - 21st June 2018
North Somerset – Weston Musem, Weston Super Mare - 26th June 2018
For dates of other types of training please fill out the form below to register your interest and one of our team will be in touch with you with more information.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for the free training using the link below.
If you struggle with the form please call the Making Pals team on 01173533963 and we will be glad to help you