There are roughly 30 volunteers registered with Meadow House. Many work regular shifts of between 3-4 hours per week in the In-patient Unit, Day Hospice, Garden or for the Bereavement Service. There are also opportunities to give fundraising support and to help on an occasional basis at the special events held during the year eg Coffee Mornings and the Summer Garden Party.
Volunteers work alongside and complement paid staff in many areas of hospice work in order that patients and their families receive the best possible care and attention. Whilst at the hospice, volunteers can undertake a range of duties for example:
- Chatting and spending time with patients
- Making teas and coffees for patients and relatives
- Serving lunch and snacks
- Flower arranging and plant care
- Being part of our small volunteer gardening team
- Helping to keep the patient areas tidy and welcoming
- Ensuring kitchen and relative areas are re-stocked with tea and coffee
- Supporting lymphoedema clinic - washing bandages and maintaining stocks
- Offering specialist skills - Arts and Crafts activities with patients
- Helping specifically on the Bereavement Service
Apart from the above, new volunteering opportunities are constantly developing. We try to match the skills and experiences offered by prospective volunteers to our needs.
Our volunteers have a diverse range of skills, many acquired through everyday experiences, they have good communication skills, an understanding and respect of confidentiality, a sensitive response to patients and relatives and the ability to work as part of a team. We seek volunteers from all aspects of the community.
Volunteers are expected to make a regular commitment to Meadow House and we encourage them to spend at least six months with us in order to make the most of the voluntary experience.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age and not have had a bereavement within the last 2 years. Sometimes it can take a little time for the right opportunity to occur in which case with your agreement we would then keep that volunteer’s name on our waiting list. Please note volunteers are not directly involved with clinical patient care.
All volunteers are carefully selected following a robust recruitment process, which will involve the taking up references and a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
On-going training and support is provided throughout the year for volunteers and includes sessions on Health and Safety, Fire Training, Information Governance, Safeguarding and Infection Control as well as other topics associated directly with Meadow House.
Volunteer meetings are held every six - eight weeks and gives everyone the chance to express his or her views and for new ideas and initiatives to be discussed.
For further information on any aspect of volunteering at Meadow House please contact:
Ms Lynne May
Voluntary Services Manager
Meadow House Hospice
Southall UB1 3HW
For an application pack please call 020 8967 5040
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org