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St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham

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  • “I love it, it’s such a friendly place and we have a lot of laughs”


    Young Adults Day Volunteer

    Can you support young adults on Saturdays?

    Why we need your help

    • Patients, their families and our community tell us that coping with the practicalities, feelings and questions which arise when thinking about dying and death is challenging
    • As a Young Adult Day volunteer you’ll provide support and interaction to 17-25 year olds with a life-limiting illness during a bespoke social and activity day.
    • You will play a huge part in helping us to achieve our vision, in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

    What time should you offer?

    All of our Patient and Family Support Volunteers take part in a training course which is quite an investment, so ideally you would be able to stay with us for a year after the training is complete – we’d love you to stay longer!

    Young Adults Day runs two Saturdays a month. We would like you to help from 10am until 4pm.

    What activities will you be involved in as part of this volunteer role?

    • Helping with Young Adults Day two Saturdays a month, supporting 17-25 year olds with a life-limiting illness
    • Facilitate social interaction between the young adults
    • Support with arts and other activities during the day
    • You will not be involved in toileting or personal care

    Where will you be based?

    St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 6DZ

    What you can gain from volunteering in this role

    • Join an enthusiastic team of people and get more involved in your local community
    • Enhancing understanding of health and social care and hospices
    • Use and develop your skills, in particular communication skills, enhancing your CV
    • Know you are helping people in your local community have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

    Training and support provided

    • You will be asked to attend our Patient Support training course
    • We will ask you to attend 3 support groups per year
    • On the day support from the nurses and healthcare assistants
    • To know that you can contact The Volunteers Team for support or with questions at any time during working hours

    What we are looking for

    • Compassionate listener and clear communicator
    • Good at building rapport, engaging in conversation and meeting lots of people
    • Emotional resilience in the face of the difficult circumstances that can affect people at end of life
    • Be comfortable using own initiative and know when to seek support
    • Ability to respect others’ differences and choices
    • Ability to follow our policies and procedures to keep you, patients and families and staff safe
    • Ability to represent St Christopher’s and our values positivity
      Willingness to learn, adapt and embrace change when needed

    Anything else you need to know

    • There is a short settling in period to see if the role is right for you
    • The volunteer role will be agreed with you following successful completion of an interview, mandatory training, references obtained and a DBS check
    • If you have recently had a bereavement we do recommend waiting for around 12 months before joining us as a Patient and Family Support volunteer or Bereavement Supporter. We recognise everyone is different so if you are keen to volunteer in this type of role, but have had a bereavement less than 12 months ago, contact the volunteering team on 020 8768 4669 or to discuss further.

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    Volunteering Team , Volunteering

    020 8768 4669

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