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Marie Curie Helper

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Marie Curie Helper
Marie Curie (Bradford)
Description of the role:

Marie Curie Helper volunteers visit people with a terminal illness in their homes, offering companionship and support for up to three hours each week. The role involves helping with activities such as reading, making short trips to the shops, support to attend social events or appointments and providing information on local services. The service also provides support for the carer and family during bereavement for up to three months. Helper volunteers receive extensive training before they start, and then ongoing support throughout their time volunteering. We reimburse out-of-pocket expenses in accordance with the expenses policy.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Helper volunteers must be 18 years or over and need to be able to offer three hours a week over a minimum of twelve months. This ensures some continuity for people with a terminal illness. Volunteers need to demonstrate patience, empathy and the ability to listen. It is vital that the person being supported is at the very centre of the Helper service and volunteers need the emotional strength throughout, with full support provided along the way. Helper volunteers will not be expected to provide clinical care, counselling or complete regular domestic tasks.

Practical information:

Volunteers will need to attend a face-to-face recruitment meeting with the Service Manager lasting around 1 hour, a 2-day core learning workshop and a 1-day follow up session. Two references and an enhanced DBS criminal record check will be required. In recognition of volunteers visiting people in their own homes (lone working), a Marie Curie mobile phone will be provided. Access to a car will be helpful but not essential. Due to the nature of the role, volunteers will be expected to attend occasional group and/or 1-1 support meetings


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Ages 18+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Maudsley Street
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 25.11.2020
Organisation Information

Our nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And we help people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.

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