Sheffield hospice searches for project volunteers

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Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice is looking for individuals to take part in the new pilot volunteer project as it strengthens its support for patients in the community.

Currently, more than 50 per cent of patients at the Whirlow hospice receive support at home via the St Luke’s community nursing team.

The new volunteer post will ensure patients in the community can maintain participation in meaningful activity and continue to live independently for as long as possible.

Tracy Raybould, St Luke’s volunteer development manager and human resources adviser, said: “The role is to work alongside the St Luke’s community nurses with individual patients as advocate where appropriate and also to act as a conduit for communication across the different agencies involved in the care of each individual.

“The role – which will usually provide patient support for a period of 12 weeks – involves sign-posting to a variety of services and agencies, effectively being the ‘eyes and ears’ and ensuring communication is timely, effective and current.”

The successful volunteer will be aged over 18 and will have to be able to commit to an average eight hours per week.

Tracy added: “This is an exciting new role and one we feel will have many benefits for the successful applicants.

“They will learn and develop new skills, gain valuable experience of working in a caring profession, meet and work with interesting and diverse people and, perhaps most importantly, have the chance to help people with terminal illnesses make the most of their lives.”

The hospice is looking for 20 people to take part in the volunteer project. Initial interviews for the post are expected to be on February 2.

Successful applicants will need to attend a mandatory training programme over seven weeks on Thursday evenings, starting at the end of February – for details, email t.raybould@hospicesheffield.co.uk