Bereavement Volunteer

Weston Hospicecare

Name: Bereavement Volunteer
Organisation: Weston Hospicecare
Location: Jackson-Barstow House, 28 Thornbury Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 4YQ
Type: Part Time

Description

To support the Bereavement Services Manager in providing a high quality bereavement service working within the guidelines set by Weston Hospicecare.

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Organisation Description

For more than 30 years Weston Hospicecare has given palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset completely free of charge.

We deliver expert care from our base, Jackson-Barstow House where there is a 10 bedroom inpatient unit (IPU), along with a day and wellbeing centre.
To complement our in-house services, we have a team of community nurse specialists who care for patients, and their families, in their homes in Weston-super-Mare, and the surrounding area.

We cover Clevedon and Yatton to the north; Cheddar, Wedmore and Axbridge to the east; and Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge to the south and everywhere contained within these boundaries.

Our multi-disciplined team deliver treatment for not only patients with cancer but those with other conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and all other life-limiting illnesses.

To provide the best possible care, we work in tandem with each other and with other clinicians such as GPs, consultants and other medical professionals to ensure the patient is kept comfortable and informed about their condition while their families are supported for as long as they need too.
While our clinical team is outstanding at delivering emotional care, we also have a specially-trained team of experts who form the Family Support Team. The team’s purpose is to provide world-class social, emotional and spiritual support for both patients and their families too.

This care is tailored to each person involved and it can be delivered in the comfort of the patient’s home or on-site at Jackson-Barstow House.
Every person in our care is seen as the special person they are. We always ask ourselves “Would this be good enough for a member of our own families?” We constantly do everything we can to make our patients happy. We’ve hosted weddings, arranged for pets to visit and fulfilled many more last wishes.


When

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Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Health and Hospital and Hospices

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Counselling
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

• Skills in reflective listening
• Be able to give advice and information
• Attention to detail
• Be able to work as a team and on an individual basis.
• Non judgemental
• Flexible
• Self-awareness
• Have your own transport
• A good understanding of grief and its effect on individuals
• Be reliable
• Have a warm, friendly, adaptable, caring approach
• Be open-minded and tolerant of different lifestyles and values
• Be able to work within personal and organisational boundaries
• Willingness to partake in scheduled supervision sessions with the Bereavement Services Manager


Benefits

Our volunteers tell us they get something slightly different from their volunteering experience, such as:
Invaluable work experience
Self confidence
Getting involved in their community
Making new friends
Putting existing skills to good use
Developing new skills

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: We will reimburse you with any agreed out of pocket expenses incurred whilst carrying out this volunteer role in line with Weston Hospicecare’s expenses policy.We will reimburse you with any agreed out of pocket expenses incurred whilst carrying out this
Restrictions: NA
Induction: With the Bereavement Services Manager and Family Support Team Leader
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, Interview, References, Trial Period