Exploding the Myths - Volunteering in late life and living with Dementia

Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 - 09:15 to 16:00
The Assembly Rooms Fenkle Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XU

Network Point Newcastle: Volunteering Matters - A day of mythbusting in relation to volunteering in later life and living with dementia

Hear from local providers and national experts about their experiences and ideas to overcome some of the barriers to involving older people and those living with dementia in your voluntary programmes. This full-day conference will focus on providing best practice sharing opportunities for organisations across the Newcastle area to promote inclusive volunteering in the mid to late life and dementia sector. Through presentations from guest speakers, round table discussions and workshops, you will explore some of the obstacles that may prevent potential volunteers from getting involved and develop actions to address these issues.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Agnes Houston - Talking Sense: An insight into the perceptions and sensory awareness of people living with dementia
  • Sandra Hastings - Silverline Memories: The barriers to volunteering in later life and living with dementia
  • Paul Buddery - Volunteering Matters: Overcoming Barriers
  • Bruce Davenport - Newcastle University: Leaving volunteering owing to age related to conditions and its impact on older people’s wellbeing
  • Gill Watson - Sporting Chance (Volunteering Matters): Improving the wellbeing of older men through volunteering
  • Farah Kurji - Scotswood Community Garden: Elderberries Volunteering Programme
  • Michaeal Campling - Wellburn Care Homes Limited: Work Matters (work experience for older people and people living with dementia)
  • Barbara Douglas - Newcastle Elders Council: Older people’s involvement in community action projects
  • Fiona Swindell - Alzheimer’s UK: Singing for the Brain taster session.

There will be plenty of networking and reflection opportunities throughout the day. Registration starts at 9.15am with the conference getting underway at 9.45am. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register at eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploding-the-myths-volunteering-in-late-life-and-living-with-dementia

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