Help local families in a keyworker volunteering role with Rennie Grove
Want to volunteer in a patient-facing role, directly impacting the lives of local families facing life-limiting illness? If so, here are some of the more common types of volunteering roles, directly helping patients and families from diagnosis through treatment. For example, volunteer drivers who transport patients and families to and from Grove House. Or you can support families who might be coping with a terminal diagnosis, perhaps as a qualified counsellor, or a Supporting Hands volunteer. If you have time to give and would like to join the Rennie Grove volunteering team, we’d love to hear from you!Fill in our volunteer enquiry form
Maybe you have specific skills you’d like to put to good use as a volunteer, supporting patients and their families. Whatever you’d like to do – we’ll probably have something that will suit. Read on to find out about common roles with patients and families.
Rennie Grove’s Living Well service aims to improve the wellbeing and physical, mental and social health of our patients and families. Living well volunteers support our clinicians in keyworker roles, helping patients and families coping with a life-changing diagnosis. You’ll help ensure patients get the maximum benefit from their time at Grove House, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
If you’re at home behind the wheel on the roads of west Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, here’s a keyworker volunteer role for you. Volunteer day services drivers transport patients to and from Grove House for treatment and appointments. If you enjoy driving and think you could help put patients at ease, this could be your perfect volunteer role.
Volunteers in this keyworker role provide support, companionship and respite care to hospice patients and their families. You’ll help reduce social isolation for our patients and their carers, both in their homes and on trips out. This patient-facing volunteer role across Bucks and Herts can involve practical and emotional support. You might be sharing an activity or accompanying a hospice at home patient to an appointment or on a walk. Alternatively, you might be collecting prescriptions to free up family members to spend quality time with loved ones. Or you could be helping with some light housework or gardening or taking the dog for a walk.
Can you use your complementary therapy skillset to help support our work in the community? Our patients benefit from massage, aromatherapy, reiki, reflexology, and other complementary therapies – delivered by our team of fully qualified volunteer therapists.
Compassionate Neighbours provide social and emotional support and companionship to people who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation as a result of living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement.
After training Compassionate Neighbours are matched with people based on location, interests and character, with the aim of creating genuine, mutually-beneficial friendships.
Reasons to volunteer in a keyworker role with Rennie Grove
We asked our keyworker volunteers, who support us in patient-facing roles, what they get from their volunteering. Here’s what they said…
Connection You get a real feeling of connection with people who are going through a difficult time.
Make an impact You get the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a direct impact on people’s lives when they need it most.
Help your community You know you’re making a difference right on your doorstep – helping families in your local community who need specialist hospice care.
"It feels great to help Rennie Grove’s patients in such a direct way. The services at Grove House are so important to patients and their families, and it’s rewarding to volunteer in this keyworker role and help people who are in need."
Reasons to volunteer
We asked all our volunteers what they get from volunteering with Rennie Grove. Here’s what they said…
- a sense of fun and fulfilment
- an opportunity to try something new
- a real sense of achievement
- meet new people
- share your skills and learn new ones
- improve your mental health and wellbeing
- gain work experience
- boost your confidence
- become more involved with your local community
- feel valued for your contribution
- help local families when they desperately need it
Hear from our volunteers
Sheila has been volunteering as a Compassionate Neighbour since 2022...
Maggie has enjoyed a variety of volunteering roles at Grove House and in the community, around St Albans, over the past decade...
Paul volunteers with our Supporting hands service.