Volunteer Service

The contribution of volunteers to our service is essential and highly valued. If you have a caring nature, good communication skills, a sense of humour, a few hours to spare each week and the desire to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!


People with dementia and their families can benefit greatly from the regular support of a volunteer. Volunteers can also gain from the personal satisfaction of helping someone, meeting new people, or developing experience for a particular career.



Who can volunteer?

This opportunity is perfect for people who may be looking for experience to gain employment in a caring role or to gain experience in communication, retired people that are looking to help people living with Dementia or students that are studying in Health & Social Care, Sociology or Public Services etc. Dates and hours committed to the role can be discussed at the meeting stage.


Volunteers will receive training, regular supervision and support and the opportunity to meet with other volunteers.  Any costs that you incur whilst volunteering will be reimbursed.




Volunteering opportunities with BUDS


•    Befriender – this involves offering one to one support to a person with dementia in their own homes or in the local community.  Minimum commitment of 2 hours per week per person and the opportunity for more.

    BUDS Activity Session Volunteer - this involves assisting with weekly groups held at various locations in Sandwell for people with dementia to socialise and become involved in creative and stimulating activities.


•    Carers Support Volunteer – this involves providing information and support to family carers of people with dementia, either over the telephone, or one to one in the carer’s own home or local community. The number of hours can be negotiated and is also dependent upon carer need. Please note previous relevant experience is essential for this role.


•    Events Team Volunteer – this involves fundraising, promoting BUDS services and raising awareness of dementia at a variety of events across the borough of Sandwell. May involve evening or weekend work.


If you are interested in volunteering please contact Matt Mcardle on 07903673741 or Matt.mcardle@buds.co.uk