THE Volunteer Centre, Milton Keynes provides an essential service to local not for profit organisations in recruiting volunteers.
This week we are focusing on one particular organisation – Willen Hospice.
Willen Hospice offers specialist physical, emotional and practical support to people with life limiting conditions.
The range of services has developed over the years to provide options on where and how a patient would like to be cared for.
These services are carried out by a team of professional staff and supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
The Social Care Department with the help of volunteers, offers support to the children, families and family member carers of patients known to the Hospice.
This department is currently looking to expand their team of enthusiastic volunteers by recruiting for:
> Carer Support Service
Carer Support volunteers offer support in a variety of ways including:
> Individual support of carers and patients at home or in the community
> Drop-in groups at the Hospice
> Telephone support
> Befriending/company for patients
> Promotional events for the service
Regular monthly supervision sessions lasting no more than two hours are a mandatory part of this role as is ongoing training which will be provided.
Carer Support volunteers will need to demonstrate that they can:
> communicate effectively
> demonstrate listening skills
> cope in emotional and stressful situations
> be flexible in their approach giving up to eight hours a month of their time
> demonstrate diversity in dealing with different cultures and backgrounds
> Introductory Information Session
For more information please join them in the meeting room at Willen Hospice on:
> Tuesday, January 17 from 10am to 11am
> Thursday, January 19 from 6pm to 7pm
To help them gauge numbers, please let them know in advance the session you would like to attend.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Voluntary Services Department on 01908 308706.
There will be up to eight follow-up training dates on Thursday evenings starting in January for those who decide to continue with their application.
Attendance will be welcomed from anyone over 21 years old from all sections of the community, though regrettably, they will not be able to consider applicants who have had a significant loss in the past 12 months.