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Weston Hospicecare gives support to people with life-limiting illnesses in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.

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Volunteer Companion

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Flexible location
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Weston Hospicecare
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Summary

To provide emotional support and a listening service for patients, their families or carers.

Detailed description

Will need to be available to attend 2 training days: 11th and 18th November 2022 

  • Following referral for companion support, provide emotional and listening support to patients, families or carers
  • Utilise specific training in regards to developing the Companion role, to improve knowledge and skills
  • If appropriate, a Companion will initially visit a newly referred client with the Family Support Team Manager or Community Nurse Specialist
  • Maintain agreed boundaries set by Weston Hospicecare
  • Submit a brief summary of each encounter with a client within 48 hours of the contact to ensure the client record is kept up to date
  • Utilise supervision sessions as a chance to update skills and meet fellow companion volunteers.
  • Report any concerns in relation to the client back to the Family Support Team Manager (or to the Nurse in Charge of the In-Patient Unit if out of hours and urgent)


Experience and skills required:

  • Good listener
  • Friendly approach
  • Empathy
  • Non-judgemental
  • Self-aware
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • Confidentiality
  • Have own transport or be able to access public transport confidently


We ask all our volunteers to:

  • Be reliable
  • Have a warm, friendly, adaptable, caring approach
  • Be open-minded and tolerant of different lifestyles and values
  • Be able to work within personal and organisational boundaries
What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
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About Weston Hospicecare

Weston Hospicecare gives support to people with life-limiting illnesses in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.