Founder Julie Brown says "I care for my dad who has dementia. I formed Butterflies, as I believe passionately that remaining active has helped keep my dad. At times I have found this quite challenging, however it doesn't need to be.
We meet several times every week for a range of activities and support." Butterflies try to encourage anyone to attend so that other isolated people feel welcome, which in turn brings a true sense of normality for everyone. They are always looking for new ways to support people in a similar situation.
Afternoon Tea Dances
They are currently looking for volunteers to help support their tea dance sessions. These take place on different afternoons at:
- The Boatmans Rest, Worsbrough
- Barugh Green Club, Barugh Green
- East Dene Club, Barnsley
They are looking for volunteers who can attend one or more of the sessions between 12.00pm - 3.45pm. Duties include:
- Welcoming attendees in
- helping to serve drinks
- setting up and tidying away/washing up at the end of the session
- interacting and encouraging attendees to get involved with the dancing and activities
They also put on various trips for the group which you are also able to be involved with and volunteer on if you wish. They are looking for volunteers who are friendly and able to encourage group members to get involved. Any experience within a similar setting or with dementia support would be great, but is not essential. There may be some lifting involved when setting up the room, so please take this into account.
Giving Carers a Break
Every Thursday afternoon, Butterflies have an informal group meeting, 'Giving Carers a Break' whilst their loved ones take part in therapeutic self advocacy sessions. The session starts with a chat over tea and cake, then, with the help of Qudos Creates they offer activities that are fun and uplifting, such as singing, movement, and dancing.
They are looking for volunteers who can help support the group by encouraging involvement, chatting with attendees, helping with refreshments and set-up/tidying at the end of the session. Any experience within a similar setting or with dementia support would be great, but is not essential. If you are friendly, empathetic and can encourage people to get involved, they would love to hear from you! There may be some lifting involved when setting up the room, so please this into account. Please note the group will be moving to the Town Hall in the near future.
Please contact Julie for more information about getting involved.
Contact name: Julie
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 08 June 2021