Appeal for volunteers
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.