Our vision is for a world in which children and young people no longer face life-shortening conditions. And until that day comes, our mission will always be to offer them, and their families, as much support, love and laughter as they can handle. And to add in our special ingredient: the magic of yes.
We’re also determined to transform the world of children’s hospices. We’re tearing up the old rule books, taking a fresh and creative look at the way things are done. We’re offering new services that have never been done before. We’re listening and responding to children and their families, rather than telling them what they can or can’t do because ‘that’s the way it’s always been’.
We only ever say yes
We simply don’t believe in ‘can’t’. We always, always, always say yes to children and their families. And it’s that absolute determination to open up a world of possibility that means we can make magic happen.
We do new things
It was obvious to us that parents can face difficult news much earlier than children’s hospices have ever handled before. So we set up a service to support families during pregnancy and birth. No one else is doing what we’re doing to our scale. It’s so different, we’ve been invited to talk about it at international conferences.
Only the best is good enough
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which inspect hospices, rates us as ‘outstanding’. This puts us in the top 1% of all of the organisations they inspect. We’ll never stop working towards being the best we can be.
Volunteer Role TitleVolunteer Counsellor - Qualification Required
About the Volunteer RoleYou’ll be working in the care team, providing counselling and psychological support to our Forget Me Not families from diagnosis of a life-shortening condition, throughout their life and through death and bereavement. Our hospice exists to provide care and support to families when they need us the most and as a volunteer Counsellor, you’ll be playing a significant role in delivering that support. You’ll offer counselling for mums, dads, grandparents, siblings and those closely involved with a child or baby with a life-shortening condition and you’ll ensure the very best and most comprehensive care is delivered to every family member. A varied and rewarding role, your duties will range from carrying out assessments on individuals and families, delivering care plans and therapeutic interventions, record-keeping, managing your own caseload and liaising with other agencies and others within the hospice to provide the best care possible. To qualify for this role, you’ll have a BACP qualification and will have worked within the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and you’ll have experience working with bereavement and complex grief with both children and adults. You’ll have good administrative skills, the ability to manage your own caseload and experience delivering counselling both 1:1 and in group therapy. Ideally, you will be able to donate a minimum of 4 hours per month, however this role is ad-hoc and can be flexible. If that sounds like you and you’re excited to be part of a friendly and committed team of skilled professionals in a rewarding role working with families at a pivotal time in their lives – then we want to hear from you!
When you can volunteerRequired to Volunteer on
DateMonday Daytime, Tuesday Daytime, Wednesday Daytime, Thursday Daytime, Friday Daytime, Saturday Daytime, Sunday Daytime
Suitable for under 18'sNo
Type of roleBefriending/Support/Care, Teaching/Mentoring
Special RequirementsApplication form required, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise)