Empowered Living Team Volunteer

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 opportunity for you.

This rewarding volunteering opportunity would suit 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, the volunteer’s role would be to assist in the delivery of therapy to patients in Newham, Tower Hamlets and City & Hackney, to enable them to live their lives with as much independence and quality of life as is possible.

Training dates in 2024:

  • 24th April
  • 19th & 20th June
  • 16th & 17th October

Tasks can include:

  • Supervising a patient to do an exercise programme or practise physical activities
  • Talking to patients about some of their worries, concerns, or thoughts
  • Providing a patient with massage/relaxation

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • Approachable, friendly, and able to get on well with people of different backgrounds
  • Caring and committed to helping improve patients’ quality of life
  • Able to work in a professional manner with patients who have a terminal illness
  • Enthusiastic to learn and practise new skills
  • Reliable and flexible

Skills you can develop:

  • Breathlessness management
  • Rehabilitation in Palliative Care and mobility rehabilitation
  • The confidence to visit patients in their own homes
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to handle difficult and challenging situations
  • Psychological support and emotional resilience
  • How to perform a gentle arm and hand massage routine

This role requires you:

  • To be 18+
  • To be able to supply the details of two referees
  • To be willing to apply for an Enhanced Adult DBS certificate with St. Joseph’s Hospice (unless you are subscribed to the Update Service)
  • To complete an interview
  • To attend two days Empowered Living training and one day Core training
  • To commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week for at least 6 months