Make a difference with as little as one hour per week
Do you enjoy having a cuppa and a chat?
Would you like to meet new people in your area?
Are you interested in combatting loneliness and getting that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from giving something back?
Our Compassionate Neighbours and Supporting Hands schemes both need new volunteers to support people in their community who are living with a progressive life-limiting illness. For as little as an hour or two per week, you could help reduce social isolation and offer companionship to someone who is lonely as a result of living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement.
What do our current volunteers say?
Supporting Hands Volunteers
Supporting Hands volunteers provide supportive companionship, including practical and emotional assistance to Rennie Grove Peace patients and their carers so directly helping our nursing service. Our volunteers provide respite sits so carers can attend appointments or have a break. Volunteers may also help with some light domestic or gardening tasks (but no cleaning), dog walking, helping to prepare a meal or providing transport in your own car to appointments such as the hairdresser, dentist, GP or a trip out with a patient/carer to the shops or a local coffee shop.
Compassionate Neighbours Volunteers
This role is all about helping our community members stay connected to the community. As well as regularly visiting for a chat, offering friendship and a listening ear you might be involved in providing transport and visiting local places such as our Compassionate Cafés or our community hubs, or maybe sharing an activity or hobby together.
All volunteers need to be a minimum of 18 years old. Beyond that, we welcome volunteers of all ages.
If you’re younger than 18 and looking to volunteer as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award – click here for more information.
No experience is necessary. We are looking for people with a desire to help, who are good listeners, caring, compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others, trustworthy, reliable and non-judgemental.
Yes, for Compassionate Neighbours, you can make your visits at the weekend or in the early evening.
Supporting Hands volunteers make their visits between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
We ask that volunteers dedicate around 1-2 hours per week to their role.
You will be line managed by the coordinators of the service, and there will be a one-day mandatory training session for Compassionate Neighbours and 2 days of training for Supporting Hands. There will be some additional mandatory training for you to complete at the start of your volunteering with us and periodic refresher training. Some elements of the training will be delivered via eLearning. There will be a short settling-in period to make sure you are happy, and the role is right for you, and regular review meetings with your coordinator.
From all my voluntary experience I can definitely say that I get more out of volunteering than I put in. The sense of satisfaction and reward that I get out of supporting a patient and their family at a difficult time in their life is worth much more than the hour or two that I put into it each week.
Five reasons to volunteer with us!
- Support your local community and have a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families.
- Use your skills and help make a meaningful difference
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Enhance your CV and open doors to new opportunities by showcasing your commitment to serving others through volunteering
- Boost your own wellbeing – volunteering has been shown to help increase feelings of self-esteem, social connection, and well-being
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