Volunteers with a difference are being sought by Oakhaven Hospice – their role is to aid relaxation through hand- and foot-massage.
The Hospice, in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, provides complementary therapies for patients, carers and the bereaved.
These wellbeing services are an important part of Oakhaven’s approach to meeting all the needs of those who have been impacted by life-limiting illness as well as their carers and people who have experienced bereavement.
The Hospice employs two trained staff and recruits volunteers to offer a range of complementary therapies including reflexology, aromatherapy, massage and Reiki. The Hospice is now looking to increase its team of volunteers.
Sally Woods, Oakhaven’s Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator, said: “We are keen to add to our team of wellbeing relaxation volunteers and complementary therapy volunteers.
“The relaxation volunteer role is unique – we can provide training and support in hand- and foot-massage and Reiki. People learn a new skill while helping our patients and making every moment matter. The role suits those looking to make a practical difference to people’s lives or thinking about a career in complementary therapy.”
Julie, a current volunteer, said: “Oakhaven was known to me as I had friends who had lost relatives who received exceptional care at the Hospice. When I wanted to volunteer some of my time it was an obvious choice. I have a background in beauty therapy, so the complementary therapy department seemed like a natural choice.
“I absolutely love my work at Oakhaven. I enjoy every aspect from interaction with patients to the relationships formed with other staff members, all of whom are friendly and supportive. Our patients get so much pleasure from the time we spend with them and in return it’s hugely rewarding for me.”
Sally added: “We are looking for qualified complementary therapy practitioners to join us as volunteers, too. This role is suitable for any professional wishing to enhance their portfolio or newly qualified people seeking to enhance their skills.”
For those intrigued to know more, there is a special Open Day in the Coates Centre at Oakhaven Hospice on Wednesday 29th September 2021 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. The event will include the chance to talk to expert staff about volunteering and the important role of complementary therapy in Oakhaven’s work and free goodie bags.