Empowered Living Team at St Josephs Hospice

If you are looking for a 1:1 patient contact volunteering experience or want to engage in a meaningful project then this could be the ideal

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Hours per week 2 hours
Location St Joseph's Hospice Mare Street Hackney London E8 4SA Volunteering will take place both in patients homes in Newham, at the Resource Centre in Newham and sometimes in the hospice. Training and supervision will take place at the hospice on Mare Street.

Ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the health sector or anyone from the community wishing to support people with serious illness!

As a member of the Empowered Living Team (ELT) the volunteer’s role would be to assist in the delivery of therapy to patients in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney to enable them to live their lives with as much independence and quality of life that is possible. This may include tasks such as: supervising a patient to do an exercise programme or practice physical activities, talking to patients about some of their worries/concerns/thoughts, or providing a patient with massage/relaxation.

Key tasks include:

•Visiting patients in their homes to provide support of their therapy, as prescribed by a palliative care professional and within the scope of the volunteers training and competencies.

•Provide support to Newham satellite hospice service and deliver support to patients attending the centre for treatment.

•Completion of visiting records and documentation of activities undertaken with patient/carer.

•Working closely with a supervising health professional

•Engaging with patients, their carers, and the team

•Following the project’s guidelines/procedures

Skills and qualities required:


•Approachable and friendly person who is able to get on well with people of different backgrounds

•Caring person who is committed to help improve patients quality of life

•Be able to work in a professional manner with patients who have a terminal illness

•Ability to complete patient files and other written documents as instructed

•Be enthusiastic to learn and practice new skills

•Be reliable and flexible

•Be able to speak and read/write English

•Enhanced DBS clearance

•Comply with St. Joseph’s core values and mission


•Experience of working in rehabilitation or care services

•Understanding of palliative and end-of-life care

•Experience in working with vulnerable people

•Links with local communities in Newham

•IT Literacy and email


•Learn and develop new skills

•Gain experience of working in a caring profession

•Opportunity to help people to improve and make the most of the lives despite having a terminal illness

•Opportunity to meet and work with interesting and diverse people

•Opportunity to give back to the community in a direct and meaningful way

•Get job references and develop a portfolio of skills and training gained

•Travel expenses paid at oyster card rates zones 1-5

We are currently recruiting volunteers to attend a three day training course on 6th, 7th and 8th February 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm .

All volunteers need to attend all three training days before they are able to start volunteering in the ELT role.

This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:

  • Interpersonal/Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving/Creativity

Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:

All volunteers would complete a compulsory induction training of 1-2 weeks which would include training on:
• Palliative Care
• Visiting a patient in their home
• Coping with difficult situations
• Rehabilitation
• Counselling and listening skills
• Complementary therapy (massage/relaxation)
• Moving and Handling
• Communication skills
• Emotional Resilience
In addition to the initial training volunteer will have access to training in specific areas of speciality such as:
• Shortness of breath
• Pain
• Reduced mobility
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
Access to regular supervision and debriefing with a health professional

About you

The organisation has indicated the following requirements from volunteers who want to take this opportunity.

Essential: See opportunity description

Desirable: See opportunity description


This position has been withdrawn by the organisation.