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Memory Bridge Buddy Volunteer Program

Alzheimer’s WA is looking for kind, compassionate and caring volunteers to join our new innovative program.

Our Memory Bridge Buddy program is seeking to reduce loneliness and isolation felt by many people living with dementia by increasing companionship for people who attend our Mary Chester House.

This training program provides extensive hands-on learning as participants explore the unexamined cultural assumptions about people with dementia. Combining encounter, reflection, and skill building in a multiple award winning program honed over 14 years. The “I Am a Bridge” training educates and encourages a new way of being with people with dementia — a way that can turn awkward to flow, isolation to intimacy, and loneliness to companionship.

Following training, our buddy volunteers will provide weekly companionship visits to their buddy in Mary Chester House and have the opportunity for catch ups with other buddies and continual learning opportunities.

About the facilitators

Michael Verde

International dementia expert Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge in 2003 in the USA. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,000 people with and without dementia to each other in one-to-one relationships. Michael speaks across the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia.

Trisha Halvorsen

Trish is a trained educator and facilitator. She has been involved in Attitudinal Healing as a student, facilitator and presenter for the last 20 years. Her experience ranges from early childhood and
primary teaching through to facilitating personal development courses in adult education.

Selected volunteers will be required to attend the full training program on the following dates and following the training be dedicated to a weekly voluntary visit to Mary Chester House.

Training Details

Mary Chester House
9 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park

  • Week 1: Monday, 23 March 2020
  • Week 2: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
  • Week 3: Monday, 30 March 2020
  • Week 4: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
  • Week 5: Tuesday, 7 April 2020
  • Week 6: Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Please express interest in participating in the Memory Bridge Buddy program by completing the online application form.

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