Volunteering, talking, walking, and finding your way through the charity law maze

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A mixed bag of books this time. We start with an interesting report from the Relatives and Residents Association: Volunteers in Care Homes – an underused opportunity? by Rose Heatley. The author has researched the use of volunteers in care homes for older people and suggests we should make more of them. She suggests that only in a minority of homes (mostly charitable ones) do volunteers play a major role. Her research calls for much more national awareness and data on volunteers. I would guess that there are a lot more volunteers than we think, but by its very nature some volunteering is informal and unquantifiable. A book that would be of considerable use to volunteers and paid staff is Making a Difference: a manual for running groups for people with dementia. This brief, clear guide sets out a series of 14 group sessions ranging from physical games, through childhood and using money, to word games. At first sight I thought the book appeared simplistic but, as I imagined using it, I realised that the activ

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