African Experience Benefits Darnall

African Experience Benefits Darnall

Two volunteers from Africa are bringing their life experiences to the award-winning Darnall Dementia Group (DDG).

The ladies, Farhiya Hassan Wheeliye from Somalia and Priviledge Thulambo from Zimbabwe have joined the group, which is run in partnership with Sheffield Care Trust (SCT) and Sheffield City Council and provides care to people with different levels of dementia.

Both Farhiya and Priviledge provide a lifeline to group members, caring for them, sharing details of their previous life whilst improving their own English and learning new skills.

DDG relies on volunteers from all walks of life and meets three times a week at St Albans Church, Darnall.

Farhiya said: “I have been a volunteer since March and I really enjoy it. Helping others at the DDG gives me a great sense of satisfaction and achievement.”

Priviledge who has worked as a carer before added: “I have found volunteering at the DDG to be very rewarding. I have learnt new skills and made new friends – I would recommend it to anyone.”

Lynsey Carberry, Clinical Leader at DDG said of Farhiya and Priviledge: “The service would not survive without the generosity of people giving us their time for free.

“For Farhiya and Priviledge, English is not their first language and by working with and talking to service users they are able to improve their vocabulary.

“People with suffering from Dementia often feel helpless so group members can find it empowering to be able to help volunteers with their English.”

The DDG welcome new volunteers and all they ask is that you bring no preconceptions about dementia.

Expenses and lunch are provided for volunteers at the DDG. Anyone wanting to find out more about how to become a volunteer should contact Lynsey Carberry on 0114 203 7469.

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