Volunteer Driver for Day Hospice Patients

Weston Hospicecare

Name: Volunteer Driver for Day Hospice Patients
Organisation: Weston Hospicecare
Location: Jackson-Barstow House, 28 Thornbury Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 4YQ
Type: Part Time

Description

Collecting patients from their homes on a prearranged day and time and bringing patients to the Hospice · Handing patient onto Day Hospice staff · Returning patient back home at the end of their Day Hospice session · Ensuring patient gains entry to their home · Referring all medical, social and personal problems expressed by patients to Day Hospice staff.

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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.


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Cause / Interests

  • Health and Hospital and Hospices

Types of Activity

  • Driving
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

· Have your own transport
· Have a clean driving licence
· Have careful and considerate driving abilities
· Be flexible
· Be reliable
· Have good time keeping
· Have good communication skills
· Be attentive
· Be a good listener
· Show empathy


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: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: We reimburse out of pocket travel expenses
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Interview, Trial Period