23 January 2015

Could you help support Rennie Grove's patients?

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is looking for Family Support Volunteers and Family Support Counsellor Volunteers who can help support patients, carers, family members and close friends, from diagnosis, during treatment and bereavement.

Family Support Volunteers do not need a formal qualification but should be good listeners, flexible and adaptable in approach and must successfully complete the initial 10 week Rennie Grove training course.

Beverley Davison, 55, of Tring, has been a Family Support Volunteer with Rennie Grove for nearly two years. She says: "I had been thinking that I would like to do something to help other people but I did not have a formal counselling qualification, so when I saw this role I was really interested. I like people and I like talking and I have found the role to be incredibly interesting. The training course was brilliant, really informative and helpful. It was the same team of people every week, so we really got to know each other.

"I started out helping people who had been bereaved and I now also help with pre-bereavement. I work full time but I manage to fit the volunteering around that.

"I usually see people for around an hour. How many times they want to see you each month is led by them and how much support they feel they need, but normally I would see someone once or twice a month.

"People want you there, they find it invaluable having someone neutral to talk to about their fears or concerns or just to share their anger at certain times.

"There is a support group for volunteers every six weeks and it is still the same people I did my training with, so it is great that we all still keep in touch. There is also always someone one the end of a phone if we have any queries or concerns, I feel very supported by Rennie Grove.

"Anyone thinking of volunteering in this role should go for it. For me it has been a hugely positive experience and I hope to continue for years to come, I just wish I had done it sooner."

The charity is also looking for Family Support Counsellor Volunteers who will provide one to one support, in the clients’ home, over the telephone, in nursing/care homes or in our counselling rooms at Grove House in St Albans.

Volunteers for this role will need Level 4 or above Counselling Qualification.

Both roles require around eight hours of your time a month and a commitment to help for two years after training. Interviews are planned for March with training to follow shortly after.

For more information about either of these roles please contact The Volunteer Services Team on 01494 877200 or email volunteer@renniegrove.org