Vol­un­teer ther­a­pists needed for re­ward­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

REN­NIE Grove Hospice Care is look­ing for vol­un­teer com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pists to help pa­tients in their homes.

Jane Car­ruthers, vol­un­teer ser­vices man­ager at Ren­nie Grove, said: “Our team of com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pists play a re­ally im­por­tant part in the holis­tic care pro­gramme that we of­fer our pa­tients.

“Ther­a­pies are also of­fered to car­ers and to re­cently be­reaved car­ers and we know from feed­back how much th­ese treat­ments help and how highly re­garded our ther­a­pists are.

“We are look­ing to ex­tend the team and would like to hear from any­one who is qual­i­fied in a com­ple­men­tary ther­apy and who is in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about this re­ally re­ward­ing vol­un­teer op­por­tu­nity.

“The thought of help­ing peo­ple suf­fer­ing from can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness might ini­tially seem a bit daunt­ing, but we are here ev­ery step of the way to help our team.

“Train­ing is given at our ex­pense and vol­un­teers then spend some time shad­ow­ing one of our ex­ist­ing ther­a­pists un­til they are com­pletely com­fort­able with the role.”

All the vol­un­tary com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pists will need to have com­pleted their train­ing and be skilled in one or more of the fol­low­ing – mas­sage and In­dian head mas­sage, aro­mather­apy, re­flex­ol­ogy, shi­atsu, cran­iosacral ther­apy and reiki. Reiki and cran­iosacral ther­a­pists will need to be qual­i­fied in one other ther­apy of­fered by Ren­nie Grove or have stud­ied anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy.

Each mem­ber of the team of­fers their ser­vices for ap­prox­i­mately four hours a week and pro­vides treat­ments for pa­tients or car­ers in their homes. Com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and shad­ow­ing ses­sions are pro­vided be­fore you start, with con­tin­u­ing support and feed­back.

Vol­un­teer ther­a­pists are re­quired to at­tend a two-day ex­ter­nal course to en­hance their knowl­edge of can­cer and pal­lia­tive care with re­gard to com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies.

Reg­u­lar in­ter­nal con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment (CPD) work­shops and so­cial events, with the other ther­a­pists, are or­gan­ised. On­go­ing CPD is also of­fered.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the vol­un­teer ser­vices team on 01442 890 222 or email vol­un­teer@ren­niegrove.org. THE time is rapidly ap­proach­ing for the an­nual fundraiser in aid of Macmil­lan Can­cer Support called the World’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing – and one of the area’s lo­cal golf clubs is plan­ning a real ex­trav­a­ganza.

The Buck­ing­hamshire Golf Club, based at Den­ham Court Man­sion, Den­ham Court Drive, Den­ham, is hold­ing an event on Fri­day, Septem­ber 26 – and the club is is­su­ing a gen­eral invitation to lo­cal peo­ple to go along, en­joy a free cup of cof­fee or tea served with bis­cuits and cakes.

The club will be wel­com­ing lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties and the event will for­mally open at 10am.

Sue Rogers, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager for the golf club, said: “We’ll be of­fer­ing a num­ber of free com­ple­men­tary ther­apy ses­sions dur­ing the morn­ing, in­clud­ing mas­sages and talks on healthy liv­ing.

“An art dis­play – Meta­mor­pho­sis – by lo­cal artist Joanne Her­bert, which cov­ers her jour­ney from can­cer di­ag­no­sis to sur­vivor, will also be on show.”

For those who en­joy golf, there will also be com­pli­men­tary clin­ics from top pros cov­er­ing such as­pects of the game as bunker play, chip­ping and putting. As part of the fundrais­ing ef­fort, there will be a raf­fle with top prizes.

Damien Caruthers will be play­ing live at the event, per­form­ing his song, Heaven, which was writ­ten spe­cially for Macmil­lan.

Ms Rogers added: “There is no need to book – just turn up on the day and en­joy a free cup of cof­fee in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and help raise money for this fan­tas­tic cause.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the club web­site at www. buck­ing­hamshiregc.com, call 01895 835777 or email sue. rogers@buck­ing­hamshiregc. co.uk.

FUNDRAISER: The Buck­ing­hamshire Golf Club will be hold­ing an event for Macmil­lan Can­cer Support

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