Are you supportive and have the ability to listen and communicate clearly? Do you live locally, able to work independently but with guidance and support? Are you able to commit a consistent and reasonable amount of time per week? Would you gain satisfaction form helping others during a difficult and challenging time? If so MacMillan Cancer Support would love to hear from you.
Bereavement Buddies offer vital support to people and families who have lost a loved one through cancer, or other illness. This role helps to provide the practical and emotional support people need during their cancer journey, from within their community. This is a varied and rewarding role. The support you will provide will vary dependent on each client's needs. However, your interests and skills will be matched to client's needs, ensuring you are able to provide the support you are happy to do.
This is a supportive role. You may offer the bereaved person practical support or perhaps a listening ear. For example you may accompany people to and from appointments, help writing letters, shopping or equally be there to talk and listen. At no stage will you be required to provide personal care, moving or handling individuals, lifting heavy objects, administering medicines or cooking.
In return, you will gain satisfaction of helping people affected from bereavement, get to meet new people whilst making a real difference to your community. You will also have opportunity to meet and network with staff and fellow volunteers during the year and be fully supported by a Lead Volunteer with your day to day volunteering.
In addition, to help you achieve and develop existing skills and learn new ones, MacMillan Cancer Support will train you, support you and offer to pay expenses within agreed guidelines.
- Ability to communicate clearly & listen effectively
- Sociable and approachable. Reliable, honest and punctual
- Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work independently with full support and guidance
- Ability to recognise own boundaries and limitations of role
- A knowledge of the local community is desirable (not essential). Live locally
- Ability to travel to Client's via public transport/own vehicle (expenses paid in line with policy)
Volunteers will be based in Client's homes or within the community.
Areas to cover include Chester and Ellesmere Port
Travel expenses will be paid
DBS check is required
References will be required
Application process takes a maximum of 6 weeks
Training makes up part of the application process as well as an informal chat / interview and an application form to complete
Core training is provided and additional training will be provided were applicable
A commitment of a least 8hrs per week is needed
The charity would like a 12 month contract