Ap­peal for vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A CHAR­ITY is ap­peal­ing for vol­un­teers to sup­port pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care is look­ing for fam­ily sup­port vol­un­teers and fam­ily sup­port coun­sel­lor vol­un­teers, who can help sup­port pa­tients, car­ers, fam­ily mem­bers and close friends, from the point of di­ag­no­sis and dur­ing treat­ment and be­reave­ment.

No for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion is needed but be­ing a good lis­tener and flex­i­ble and com­plet­ing a 10-week train­ing course, is a must.

Bev­er­ley Dav­i­son, 55, has been a fam­ily sup­port vol­un­teer for two years. She said: “I started out help­ing peo­ple who had been be­reaved and I now help with pre-be­reave­ment. I work full-time but man­age to fit the vol­un­teer­ing around that. Peo­ple want you there, they find it in­valu­able hav­ing some­one to talk to about their fears or con­cerns or just to share their anger.”

The char­ity is also look­ing for fam­ily sup­port coun­sel­lor vol­un­teers, who will pro­vide one-to-one sup­port in a client’s home, over the tele­phone, in nurs­ing and care homes or in coun­selling rooms at Grove House, in St Al­bans.

Vol­un­teers will need a level four or above coun­selling qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Both roles re­quire around eight hours a month and a com­mit­ment to help for two years af­ter train­ing.

In­ter­views are planned for next month with train­ing there­after.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01442 507 321 or email vol­un­teer@ ren­niegrove.org.

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