We're looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to visit terminally ill people, their families and carers on a regular basis for up to three hours per week, to offer practical and emotional support.
As a Helper volunteer you will take on a number of simple yet crucial tasks, usually at the home of the person you will help, that will make a huge difference. You will provide one-to-one companionship and support, offer a listening ear, and spend time engaging in everyday conversation, activities or hobbies with the person you are supporting. We will provide you with extensive training so you can take on the role confidently.
The activities you carry out will depend on the preferences and needs of the person you are supporting, so you may spend time accompanying the person to appointments, social groups, or trips out and about! This often allows carers the chance to have a break.
A key part of your role will also involve signposting local support and care services and information to the terminally ill person and their carer. The support you provide may take place in person or over the phone.
This role is wide-ranging and the support you offer will vary according to the needs of those using the service, though it is important to note that Helper volunteers do not provide nursing or personal care, offer counselling or advice, nor carry out domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning.
You will write a brief summary of the support you have provided after each visit, highlighting any actions to follow up and sending this to your manager. It is important that you keep your manager informed.
The Marie Curie Helper service offers crucial support to those needing a helping hand towards the end of their lives. The service would not be able to reach those most in need if not for the commitment and hard work of volunteers like you.