Training Resources / Courses

At Cotswold Friends, we believe it is important to help our volunteers grow and develop within their volunteering role. We are committed to providing regular training courses for our volunteers which include the following:

  • First Aid
  • Moving and Handling
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention …….and more.

We advertise our upcoming training courses in our newsletter, on social media and on our website. We will also e-mail our volunteers directly with training updates and information. Please let us know if you have feedback with regards to the training we provide, or any ideas for new training courses that would support you in your volunteering role. The next courses coming up are:

Dementia Training Resources

At Cotswold Friends, we are aware many of our volunteers are supporting clients and their families living with dementia.

Please Click Here to read our updated Dementia Newsletter, which includes lots of useful tips and contact information for local services and groups. The Alzheimers Society website is also a fantastic source of information on this subject and here are two links to easy-read booklets that you might find useful:

Communicating Factsheet - contains tips and advice on communicating with a person with dementia. Follow the link: “Communicating Factsheet”

Supporting a Person with Dementia Webpage - contains a series of tips on issues such as respect, memory problems, talking with, listening to and supporting a person with dementia. Follow the link “Supporting a Person with Dementia”

Dementia Awareness Training

When: Wednesday September 11th

Time: 10am til 1pm

Where: Chamber Room, Moreton Area Centre, Moreton, GL56 0AZ

This course will be run once again by Mary Jones, qualified Psychotherapist. Mary says, “Dementia is probably at the forefront of most of our minds when we think of our health in our middle to later years. It’s been of increasing concern to the medical profession in the past few years. We are an ageing population who are living longer so a condition such as dementia is more prevalent than it used to be. The Dementia Awareness Training course is available to all volunteers, carers and staff members. The course facilitates awareness and understanding of the condition, how and where in the brain it develops and why it eventually adversely impacts on overall functioning. We also work with effective interaction with somebody with dementia. Please do come along and join us.”