We’re always interested in speaking to potential volunteers whatever their skill set, so please go ahead and apply! We are very likely to have something that suits you.
At the moment we are particularly looking for:
Bereavement Support Volunteers
We are looking for compassionate, empathetic people to help us to support bereaved families, carers and friends after the death of patients who have been under the care of Oakhaven. Our Bereavement Support volunteers also visit families in their own homes under the guidance of the Patient & Family Support Team, and key part of the role involves supporting the monthly bereavement coffee morning (first Weds) and afternoon tea (first Sunday). We’re looking for people with strong listening skills who will be comfortable supporting bereaved families. Full training is provided for this very rewarding role.
Chemo Support Volunteers
Our Chemo Support volunteers help with day patients at Lymington Hospital, serving drinks, organising frozen meals for patients to take home, and offering a friendly chat. This is a rewarding role that can make a difference to someone undergoing chemo treatment.
Hospice Neighbours Area Support Volunteers
We have a growing team of Hospice Neighbours who visit our patients in their own homes. We are looking for Area Support Volunteers who will match Neighbours to patients within their local area, reporting to the Hospice Neighbours Coordinator. The role will suit someone well organised, with good communication skills. Typically needing 2 – 3 hours per week. The role includes meeting patients for initial assessment, introducing a Neighbour and supporting them during their time together. Basic admin skills are needed and informal meetings with your group of up to ten Neighbours are to be arranged. This is a hugely rewarding role; full training and support is given at all times.
We are also looking for:
If you have a couple of hours a week and would like to volunteer close to your home, a role with Hospice Neighbours might be for you. Neighbours provide companionship and practical support to our patients in their own homes. As a Neighbour, you can make a real difference to the quality of life of others and become an important part of a dedicated and valued team.
We need volunteers with care experience to support our Carers Day team by looking after a patient in their home while the family carer attends our monthly Carers’ Day. This role includes personal care, and may be particularly suited to people with previous healthcare experience.
Shop Volunteers – all shops!
We are looking for more volunteers to help in all our shops, especially New Milton, Hythe and Fairview.
To drive our patients to and from the Hospice, ideally in our adapted vans although some drivers use their own cars. We’re looking for people who can drive on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. You’ll be asked to collect the patients from their homes and bring them in to arrive at the Hospice about about 10:30, and then return for them at 3pm. Training on patient interaction, hoists, wheelchairs and manual handling will be given.
To deliver complementary therapies to patients, carers and bereaved relatives. We’re looking for therapists who have a diploma in an established complementary therapy and are a member of a professional body. Currently we offer:
- Indian head and shoulder massage
(If you are qualified in a therapy we have not listed here, please don’t be put off – new therapies need to go through a clinical approval process but we are definitely open to discussing new ideas!)
Training will be given on patient interaction and delivering complementary therapy in a palliative care environment.
To be the volunteer on duty in our drop-in centre, The Coates Centre. We’re looking for empathetic people who can listen well, offer support, and focus on the visitor’s needs and experiences. You will be responsible to keep the Hub area generally tidy, and to answer the Coates Centre phone line.
The Centre is open Monday-Friday 9-5, and the volunteering day is divided into a morning shift of 9-1, and an afternoon shift of 1-5pm. We may also ask you to come in at other times to support specific events, if you are available and willing to do so. Training will be provided.
For more information on any of the above roles, have a look at our Volunteer Role List and Application Form, call us on 01590 646447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org