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Befrienders Hospice Volunteer Visitors

Befrienders Hospice Volunteer Visitors
Saint Michael's Hospice
Description of the role:

The Volunteer Visitor role is in terms of the days/hours volunteers are required. It is likely, however, that you would be asked to commit to around 2-4 hours per week. All volunteers receive full training before they start and get ongoing expert support from the team at Saint Michael's. The Volunteer Visitor service is a befriending service, offering a listening ear to help ease loneliness and isolation. Tasks might include:
- Offering companionship
- Providing an opportunity for the patient to 'offload'
- Making a cup of tea or light refreshment
- Accompanying a patient on a walk
- Accompanying the patient on an outing or shopping trip
- Reading to a patient
- Completing feedback forms or assessment forms where appropriate

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

We are looking for volunteers who are:
- Sensitive and empathic
- Friendly and approachable
- Confident in their ability to undertake a role that may be emotionally challenging at times
- Happy volunteering as part of a team overall, but also happy to volunteer independently - (visits will usually be undertaken by one volunteer)
- Able to adhere to a strict confidentiality policy

Practical information:

Volunteers will visit people in their own home.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Ages 18+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: No
Crimple House
Hornbeam Park Avenue
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 30.04.2019
Organisation Information

Saint Michael's Hospice offers a range of specialist services to help local people living with terminal illness achieve the best possible quality of life. Services offered from the Hospice include: lymphoedema support, day therapy, inpatient care, support for families and carers, bereavement support. Patient services are delivered by a team of specialists, including consultants, dieticians, doctors, nurses, social workers, complementary therapists, chaplains, physiotherapist, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and support workers. This team works in partnership with other health and social care professionals involved with patients to ensure all care is personalised to meet a persons particular needs.

Charity number: 518905