About this opportunity
Marie Curie Helper volunteers visit people with a terminal illness in their homes, offering companionship and support for up to three hours each week. The role involves helping with activities such as reading, making short trips to the shops, support to attend social events or appointments and providing information on local services. The service also provides support for the carer and family during bereavement for up to three months. Helper volunteers receive extensive training before they start, and then ongoing support throughout their time volunteering. We reimburse out-of-pocket expenses in accordance with the expenses policy.
About the organisation
Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. They’ve been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years – last year alone they cared for over 40,000 people across the UK.
It’s important to get the right care if you’re living with a terminal illness; but it’s also crucial to get the right support network in place for you and your family. Their new Helper service in West Yorkshire offers regular support in the home from a trained volunteer.
What are they looking for?
Helper volunteers need to be able to offer three hours a week over a minimum of twelve months. This ensures some continuity for people with a terminal illness. Volunteers need to demonstrate patience, empathy and the ability to listen. It is vital that the person being supported is at the very centre of the Helper service and volunteers need the emotional strength throughout, with full support provided along the way. Helper volunteers will not be expected to provide clinical care, counselling or complete regular domestic tasks.
Date and details
Volunteers will need to attend a face-to-face recruitment meeting with the Service Manager lasting around 1 hour, a 2-day core learning workshop and a 1-day follow up session. Two references and an enhanced DBS criminal record check will be required. In recognition of volunteers visiting people in their own homes (lone working), a Marie Curie mobile phone will be provided. Access to a car will be helpful but not essential. Due to the nature of the role, volunteers will be expected to attend occasional group and/or 1-1 support meetings.
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