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Glasgow Life is a charity that delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council. In doing...

Memories Scotland Group Facilitator

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Glasgow Libraries' Volunteer Memories Scotland Group Facilitator will coordinate, encourage and support the meaningful participation of individuals within informal group reminiscence sessions as part of the Memories Scotland project.

Glasgow Libraries' Volunteer Memories Scotland Group Facilitator will coordinate, encourage and support the meaningful participation of individuals within informal group reminiscence sessions as part of the Memories Scotland project. Two volunteers will facilitate a session together.

Memories Scotland is a Scotland-wide project which connects heritage resources with informal reminiscence activity. The aim of the project is to encourage and support participants in sharing their memories within a community-based groupwork setting. We do this by using Memories Scotland’s extensive online archive of social history and sports history resources, including images, film and audio clips. Memories Scotland Group Facilitator have a vital role in the project with overall responsibility for planning, coordinating and hosting reminiscence sessions. Some participants may be living with dementia or other forms of memory loss and experience a positive emotional effect from reminiscence. Others may attend because the group helps them feel connected within their local community, or because the conversation and interaction improve their mood. Some may have a keen interest in local history while others simply enjoy the cup of tea and a chat.

Tasks include:

  • Using the Memories Scotland online archive to plan and organise reminiscence sessions including activities and creative use of other historical resources
  • Preparing/setting up, running and closing down the session including tidying up. This may include preparing and serving hot drinks;
  • Meeting group members when they arrive and putting them at ease
  • Socialising with group members by chatting, listening and encouraging their participation in the discussions
  • Supporting individuals to participate in the session and being alert to their health, safety, wellbeing and comfort in the group
  • Undertaking basic administrative tasks related to the sessions such as recording how many participants attend the sessions
  • Attending training and peer support sessions to maximise your volunteering experience and your effectiveness as a volunteer
  • Participating in the evaluation of the groups to measure the impact they are having on group members
  • Escalating any safeguarding concerns as appropriate in line with local guidance


Please note a Basic Disclosure will be required for this role, Glasgow Life will process and pay for this.

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Contact Name

librarieshealthandwellbeing@glasgowlife.org.uk

Benefits to self

- Meeting new people and making friends - Joy of helping others - Gaining new and developing existing skills such as communication, empathy, event coordination, organisational and planning skills - Gaining new experiences and making connections

Benefits to others

- Supporting the mission of Glasgow Life - Helping people experiencing memory loss to have positive emotional experiences

Location

Bridgeton Library or Knightswood Library, both which can be accessed via public transport

Training available

Full training will be provided at the time of your induction. Training will take half a day and is required before you commence your role. Ongoing training opportunities and access to a peer support network will be made available to you.

PVG required

No

Support and supervision details

Ongoing training opportunities and access to a peer support network will be made available to you.
  • TypeAdministration, Elderly People, Health and Wellbeing, Welfare Rights, Other

Employability skills

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  • Administration 0
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