Date set for training sessions
Rural Northwest Health will host training sessions for people interested in volunteering as a support to carers of people living with dementia.
Swinburne University’s Dr Hilary Davis and Michelle Pitman from Horsham’s Centre for Participation will present the sessions on March 8 and March 22 at RNH’s Warracknabeal campus education room. The sessions are part of the HelpDEM project, which is a Federally funded program to support the training of volunteers from Warracknabeal and Hopetoun.
Dr Davis said the program was started after realising there was a gap around training people to work with carers for people living with dementia.
“Our understanding is that there is very little specific training for volunteers who want to support carers in this role,” she said.
“So we want the program to be able to improve the capability of the volunteer in their particular role so they can help the person living with dementia to actually stay at home for longer.
“We don’t just want volunteers who can do physical chores to help support the carer but volunteers who can provide information about services available and connecting the carers to local services.”
Dr Davis said volunteers would firstly be trained with trying to provide carers with information about community services that could help them and with providing emotional support.
The free training sessions are on March 8 and March 22, from 9.30am-3pm and lunch is provided. Anyone interested in attending the training should contact Dr Davis on 9479 1065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org