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Music and Movement Activity Programme Helper

Alzheimers Otago provides support, education, information and related services directly to members of their communities (family, friends and whanāu) who are affected by dementia with volunteers supporting the various programmes they run.

The Music and Movement programme for people living with dementia in the community was trialled in 2023 and showed significant benefits for participants. Alzheimers Otago has now received further funding to facilitate an 8-week programme beginning in late April 2024, and another provisionally in late September 2024.

Your role may involve:

  • assisting our musical therapist with music and movement activities
  • sharing your musical talents
  • helping with tea/coffee set up and clean up
  • facilitating conversation amongst members

You will be provided with a Volunteer Pack and have the option of learning about dementia and interventions, as well as receiving fall prevention training.

By volunteering at these activity sessions, you help members..

  • socialise and connect with others going through similar challenges
  • gain valuable peer support
  • engage in varied musical, creative and exercise activities to support cognitive and physical function, and to improve wellbeing.
  • allow for some respite for their care partners.

Volunteers also build strong supportive relationships with group members providing significant satisfaction in knowing that they have made a difference in someone's life. There is scope for developing within your role in future programmes, if you wish to go on this path.


Ideally, you are someone who:

  • Has a strong interest in a range of musical genres
  • Has singing talent and ideally some ability to play a guitar or keyboard
  • Wishes to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia in the community
  • Has your own transport

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • Every Friday morning for 8 weeks from the end of April.
  • The group meets from 10am to 11.30 with an additional half hour to assist in cleaning up.
  • Meeting location in Wanaka - to be advised.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 2615

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