Volunteers teaching professionals about Parkinson's
Our team of Volunteer Educators is training care home staff so people with Parkinson's in care homes get the very best treatment. Could you join the team?
To give people with Parkinson's in nursing and care homes the very best treatment, staff need to understand the condition well.
Our team of Volunteer Educators is making sure this is the case. All over the country, people with knowledge of Parkinson's have been giving 1-hour training sessions to nursing and care home staff in their local areas.
Volunteers cover everything from the impact of living with Parkinson's to the role and side effects of medication, leaving staff inspired to improve their practice.
Success in Scotland
The programme has been particularly successful in Scotland, and is going from strength to strength.
Volunteer Educators are currently delivering education in care homes across the East of Scotland and Glasgow and are aiming to expand to Aberdeenshire this year.
Wendy Chandler, Education Advisor for the Volunteer Educator Programme, says:
"The volunteers support each other and make sure they feel confident in their roles. This means they can offer the highest level of education to care staff and have fun too.
"The volunteers are building strong, positive relationships with the care homes they visit and not only equip staff to support people with Parkinson's but make sure they understand the wider support and information Parkinson's UK can provide.
"Linking in staff with the Helpline, Parkinson's Local Advisors and the wealth of information on the Parkinson's UK website means that not only do residents get the information they need but so do their families."
Lydia is one of our Volunteer Educators.
She first came across Parkinson's when taking part in an outreach project as part of her university degree in neuroscience. Soon after, her mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's and after hearing Lydia talk about the support that was available she felt more comfortable talking about her diagnosis.
Lydia was inspired to become a Volunteer Educator and she's very glad she did.
When asked what she likes most about being a Volunteer Educator she said: "It's knowing I can make a difference to someone's quality of life with a short conversation about Parkinson's and seeing people respond to these conversations by thinking about how they will implement strategies to help people in their care."
Could you be a Volunteer Educator?
We're looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy speaking to groups to be Volunteer Educators.
To find out more, get in touch with Wendy Chandler, our Education Advisor for the Volunteer Educator Programme, on 0344 225 3621 or [email protected].
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