Creative Art Project helper

Mementos is a new group organised by Prama working with the Borough of Poole Arts Service and is open to people living with dementia and their family carers

We are offering an opportunity for two volunteers to work alongside two professional artists and support this initiative. We are seeking sociable, supportive volunteers to enable people with dementia and their family carers to fully participate in the group activities. The group will be led by experienced artists and you will be working under their guidance throughout the project. The group will meet on Thursday Mementos Art projectmorning for 20 weeks.

General responsibilities

You will be required to:

  • take on a range of practical tasks including: setting up the room, making and serving refreshments, washing up and clearing away.
  • support participants to be fully involved with their projects
  • work under the guidance of the artists throughout the project
  • you may be required to support participants with their practical projects if required (for example assisting with sewing where a participant’s eyesight or dexterity prevents them from being able to do so unassisted)

Person specification

You should:

  • be available to attend group sessions at Cynthia Close in Poole on Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm for 20 weeks (this includes set up / tidy away time).
  • be enthusiastic about, and committed to, supporting people living with dementia to fully participate in the group activities.
  • be able to support people to work independently, as well as to know when to provide further practical support
  • be committed to working as part of a team under the direction and guidance of the artists.
  • have some understanding the needs of people whose lives are touched by dementia and their family carers.Mementos Art
  • be positive and committed about supporting people to live well with dementia.
  • DBS Disclosure (one can be arranged for you).
  • be prepared to attend an informal interview.

Some creative skills, especially in working with textiles, would be an advantage.

Expenses are available to cover your travel costs for up to £5 per session. You will need to keep receipts / bus tickets and will need to claim every month.

How to apply:

For an informal discussion, and to see if this role is for you, please contact the project manager: Anna Shiels, Arts Programme Manager (Arts and Health), Borough of Poole Arts Service.

Tel. 01202 633971 or click on the Apply now button

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Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect


Dorset charity, Prama to re-open Ferndown Barrington Centre with immediate effect.  

  • Donations collected from the local community in the last few days will be ‘ring-fenced’ for the Centre. 
  • Centre staff will be retained and operating costs underwritten.
  • Centre to maintain identity and existing services will continue.

Following discussions with the Ferndown Community Association, Dorset charity Prama has agreed to take the Barrington Centre forward and re-open it to the public with immediate effect.

Barrington Centre
Prama have agreed to retain the staff and underwrite the operating costs of the Centre.  The Ferndown Community Association voted unanimously to accept Prama’s offer as it would allow the Centre to maintain its identity as part of the Ferndown community and see the Centre's much loved services continue.
Steve Robinson, Chief Executive of Prama said, ”I am delighted that Prama is able to support the community of Ferndown and facilitate this wonderful centre’s future. I would like thank everyone, including the staff team, volunteers and public, who have worked so hard to help, and assure everybody who has made a donation or supported the Barrington Centre through this difficult time and that every penny of the donations made in recent days and months will be ring-fenced and used for the purpose they were given in securing the future for the centre. I would especially like to recognise the extraordinary efforts made by the Trustees who have remained so strong under pressure. Although many will know Prama as a charity that primarily provides care to older people, I can assure everyone that we will be supporting the Barrington to be a community centre for all ages."
Kathleen Taylor, Chairman of the FCA stated, “The FCA are thrilled that, with the support of Prama, we are able to reopen the Barrington centre and Raffles Café to the public, and to enable our tenants, Ferndown Town Council, the Community Support Police and Neighbourhood Watch to continue to provide their much need public services”.  

The Barrington Centre will open its doors this morning (Friday 27 January) at 9am; it is anticipated the café will be open for business from 10am, with a limited menu.  All tickets purchased will be honoured, coach trips scheduled and activity clubs will be reinstated, but we would advise you to contact your group leaders initially.

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