Hospice in plea for empathetic listeners
PEOPLE who are willing to listen and lend their support within the community are needed by Princess Alice Hospice.
The Esher-based charity is appealing for chaplaincy listening volunteers to train and expand the hospice’s spiritual and religious care into the community.
Zoe Byrne, volunteer development manager at Princess Alice, said: “Our chaplaincy listening volunteers are very important, helping people through some of the hardest times in their lives. We need empathetic listeners who will respect and value the experience of others.
“It’s a role that would suit someone who participates in regular spiritual practice, whether that is prayer or meditation, and is happy working in a multi-faith way.”
The role involves visiting patients and their close family members to talk with them in confidence about their personal and spiritual lives, without judgement.
Janet Mackenzie has been a chaplaincy volunteer for a little over five years since retiring, primarily in the inpatient unit, but this year she has visited three patients in their homes while other volunteers work in the day hospice. The Bookham resident said: “It’s a question of being there for someone when they’ve got a life-limiting illness. We are not judgemental. We are there for people of all faiths and none.
“Sometimes people just need to talk. Sometimes
Former teacher Janet Mackenzie has been a chaplaincy volunteer with Princess Alice Hospice for five years.