Tŷ Hafan - the Hospice for Children in Wales


Family Support Volunteers

Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a difference in the lives of children and families facing life-shortening conditions? If so, you might be interested in one of our Family Support Volunteering roles!

Volunteering in one of our Family Support Volunteer roles is a rewarding and flexible way to provide practical and/or emotional support to families in their own environment.

You will be matched with a family based on your skills, availability and location and the family's needs. You will receive comprehensive training as well as ongoing supervision from our experienced Community Team. 

As a Family Support Volunteer and dependent on the role you are interested in doing, you may be helping families with social support such as befriending and being a listening ear or meeting a parent out for lunch/coffee, or you may support with more practical tasks such as household chores, shopping, gardening, maintenance and reading to children. You will also have the opportunity to join our network of volunteers and attend Tŷ Hafan social activities throughout the year. 

Volunteering to support our families is a great way to use your existing skills, learn new ones, meet new people and make a positive impact on your community.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of our Family Support Volunteer roles, please take a look below to find out what's available and submit an application form.

If it looks like there are currently no open opportunities in your area, please submit an application form anyway and we will get in touch to see if there are other ways you can support / to let you know when opportunities open up in your area.

If you have any questions, you can contact our Family Support Volunteer Manager at volunteer@tyhafan.org or call 029 2053 2254.

Mission Statement

When a child’s life will be short, no family should have to live it on their own. Our ambition is to ensure that all families have the care and support they need, in life, death and beyond.

Family Support Volunteer Role

Volunteer Gardener

Do you love gardening and making a difference in your community? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our Volunteer Gardener role!

Our Volunteer Gardeners provide gardening services to Tŷ Hafan families in their homes. Gardening may be provided to families on an ad-hoc basis or more regular depending on identified need.

Gardening is not only a rewarding hobby, but also a therapeutic activity that can bring joy and comfort to those who need it the most. Join our team of compassionate and dedicated volunteers today and help us create a green oasis for families in need.

Click here to fill in an application form


Considerations:

Age requirement: 21+

Location: Swansea/Neath Port Talbot area

Due to the nature of the role, we are looking for volunteers with skills and experience in gardening, either as a profession or as a hobby.

DBS check, references and induction/training course required before starting


As a volunteer, you could be involved in various activities depending on your preferences, skills and experience, these include:

Mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and pruning shrubs/trees

Disposal of garden waste

Planting bulbs and tidying up flower beds

General tidy up of outdoor spaces

Other ad-hoc gardening tasks on a seasonal basis


 At Tŷ Hafan our people values are working together, demonstrating compassion, providing excellent service and taking ownership. We expect all colleagues and volunteers to behave with high levels of integrity and to represent our values as a core part of their role. 

We are looking for volunteers who:

Have experience in gardening, either as a profession or hobby

Have a passion for gardening and a willingness to share their skills/knowledge

Are reliable and flexible and committed to volunteering on a longer term basis

Will follow our health and safety guidelines, policies and procedures and report any issues or concerns to the Family Support Volunteer Manager.

Are respectful of the privacy and preferences of the families

Are polite and friendly.


Here's what you can expect from our training program:

A comprehensive introduction to Tŷ Hafan and your role

Health and safety training

A friendly and supportive team to assist you with any queries or concerns through regular and ongoing meetings

Other role and organisation specific training


The benefits of becoming a Volunteer Gardener in Family Homes:

You can make a positive difference in the lives of children with life-shortening conditions and their families, by creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces for them to enjoy

You can attend Volunteer Events throughout the year

Meet new people and join a friendly team of volunteers passionate about helping others

You can develop your existing gardening skills and knowledge

It’s a great way to connect with your community, nature and the outdoors

Gardening can improve your physical and mental health by reducing stress, boosting mood and providing exercise

Expenses will be provided following discussion about the role


Are you ready to join us as a volunteer?

Just click the “Fill in an application” button on the top of this page and complete a simple form.

We will ask you to provide us with the details of two referees and an Enhanced DBS check is required for this role.

Once we have viewed your application form, we will be in touch for an informal discussion to ensure this role is right for you, before we progress.

Tŷ Hafan will cover the costs of any background checks and we will contact you with details on completing your DBS, once your application is successful.

We can't wait to welcome you to the team!

Click here to fill in an application form


This role is purely voluntary, and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.


 

Providing care and support is something we are only able to do because of the kindness and commitment of our wonderful staff, supporters and volunteers.

  

Fill in an application

Hospice

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Tŷ Hafan and taking the first steps in helping us to make a short life, a full life.

Our current Volunteer Vacancies are outlined below. There is a huge range of ways you can volunteer for Tŷ Hafan, and it really doesn’t matter how much time you give. Every hour is precious and gratefully received.

Once you have found a role you like the sound of, you can apply by clicking the title of the general interest and then click the "fill in an application" button.

If you are interested in volunteering for Tŷ Hafan but the role you would like to do is not listed below, please get in touch with us at volunteering@tyhafan.org
We are open to discussing and creating new roles which suit you, your skills and/or experience. 


Overseas Applications

Please note, while we at Tŷ Hafan pride ourselves on being inclusive of all individuals who wish to volunteer, we are not currently a sponsor license holder so we are not able to support any overseas VISA applications.


Useful Links

Ty Hafan's Volunteer Handbook

Volunteering FAQs - Ty Hafan

General Interests

Gardening Volunteer (Hospice)

Do you love gardening and making a difference in your community? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our Volunteer Gardener role!

As a Volunteer Gardener, you will help maintain and beautify our Hospice gardens, where we provide palliative care and support for children with life-shortening conditions. Gardening is not only a rewarding hobby, but also a therapeutic activity that can bring joy and comfort to those who need it the most. Join our team of compassionate and dedicated volunteers today, and help us create a green oasis for our hospice community.

Click here to fill in an application form


Considerations:

Minimum age requirement: 18

Due to the nature of the activities and current projects, we are looking for volunteers with skills, in depth knowledge and experience in gardening, either as a profession or as a hobby. 

Our Garden volunteers help out on a Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday each week

Occasional weekend volunteering

Occasional attendance fundraising events for tools and plants (optional)


As a volunteer, you could be involved in various activities depending on your preferences, skills and experience, these include:

General garden maintenance

Keeping grounds clean, tidy and presentable

Project work such as our forest project

Using small gardening tools or larger equipment such as a leaf blower

Other ad-hoc tasks as and when required seasonally


 At Tŷ Hafan our people values are working together, demonstrating compassion, providing excellent service and taking ownership. We expect all colleagues and volunteers to behave with high levels of integrity and to represent our values as a core part of their role. 

We are looking for volunteers with:

Gardening experience, either as a profession or a hobby

A passion for gardening and a willingness to share skills and knowledge

A friendly and approachable personality

A good team player who can also confidently work independently

A sound knowledge of health and safety, with respect for yourself, others and the environment

A sincere understanding of the sensitive nature of volunteering in a Hospice setting


Here's what you can expect from our training program:

A comprehensive introduction to our organization and your role

Health and safety training including manual handling and fire safety

A friendly and supportive facilities and volunteering team to assist you with any queries or concerns


The benefits of becoming a Gardening Volunteer

It's a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors

You can learn new skills, such as composting and pruning

You can make a positive impact on your community by helping to maintain and beautify public green spaces

Gardening can improve your physical and mental healthy by reducing stress, boosting mood and providing exercise

You can meet new people who share your passion for gardening and the environment

You can have fun while doing something meaningful and rewarding


Are you ready to join us as a volunteer?

Just click the “Fill in an application” button on the top of this page and complete a simple form.

We will ask you to provide us with the details of two referees and a Basic DBS check is required for this role. Tŷ Hafan will cover the costs of any background checks and we will contact you with details on completing a DBS, once your application is successful.

We can't wait to welcome you to the team!

Click here to fill in an application form


This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.


Providing care and support is something we are only able to do because of the kindness and commitment of our wonderful staff, supporters and volunteers.

 

Fill in an application

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