We are looking for volunteers to support in the delivery of this exciting programme. The more volunteers we have, the more opportunities we have to support patients and the more we can achieve through the dance for health programme.
Moniek Hopman Volunteers with us on the Lewin stroke rehabilitation unit and on G6 – a department of medicine ward for the elderly. She has become an invaluable member of the team.
Moniek has been a volunteer with the programme since it started. Moniek writes: “You can see how incredibly important creative movement is for patients. The movement and the music often bring back good memories reconnecting people to who they were before they became ill. Dance helps patients to move past their pains and illnesses and feel more alive again.”
“I enjoy being a volunteer with the dance programme in the hospital. It is such a positive thing to do, to help people feel better through dance.”
We are looking for volunteers to cover sessions on a Thursday and Friday. The morning sessions run from 1000 -12:30 and the afternoon sessions run from 13:00 -16:00 on a Thursday and 14:30 -16:00 on a Friday. Each day has multiple sessions on different wards however each session lasts no longer than 1 hour.
Key duties and responsibilities:
- Support staff with escorting patients to and from sessions
- Encourage patient participation in workshops
- Join in with sessions, helping patients to participate as appropriate.
- Provide light massage of shoulders at end of sessions – training provided
- Help to prepare and serve refreshments for patients in sessions
- Setting and resetting room for sessions
Useful Skills/ Qualifications
- Appreciation of, and enthusiasm for the impact of movement and dance on patients in hospital
- Experience of, or the ability to communicate with people with physical illness and/or cognitive impairment including dementia
- Sensitivity, politeness, diplomacy and tact
- Commitment, reliability and enthusiasm
- Willingness to join in with dance and movement activities
- Ability to take direction and guidance from dancers and clinical staff
- A respectful and open attitude to people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of abilities.
Benefits to the volunteer
- Opportunity to volunteer with one of the country’s leading hospital art programmes
- Improve the experience of patients and their families
- Learn about the role of dance in improving health
- Gain skills and practical experience working with dancers and clinicians
- Advice and guidance on a career in the arts
- References (on completion of three months of volunteering)
If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer please contact Debra Quartermaine the Dance for Health Project Coordinator