Shooting Star Children's Hospices (Guildford)

Care Support Volunteer, Christopher's Hospice, Guildford GU3 1LP

This volunteer role is required to support the in-house direct care team at Christopher’s. You will be assisting with 2:1 care alongside an in-house care team member and you will be an integral part of the team for that shift. It is a role that requires enthusiasm, dedication, flexibility, lots of energy, and for the volunteer to be friendly and approachable whilst maintaining boundaries and confidentiality. You will be helping with a range of activities including tidying bedrooms, babysitting siblings, helping wash and dress the children, helping with arts and crafts, packing suitcases, folding laundry and assisting with hydrotherapy pool sessions.  The volunteers are an integral part of the team and help for a full shift, 3 times per month: 7.30am - 3pm Friday, Saturday or Sunday 2pm - 9.30pm Friday or Saturday.  Teaching / nursing or caring background is desirable.

Mission Statement

Shooting Star Children's Hospices is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes emergency respite care, symptom management and end-of-life care at Christopher's hospice in Guildford and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family at Shooting Star House in Hampton,

It costs £10 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 30% of our income coming from government funding, we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.

We have volunteer opportunities at our hospices and at our shops.   Volunteers roles are very varied and include helping on reception, in the kitchen, housekeeping, gardening, pool watching, admin, fundraising, shops and at our events.