Bereavement support group volunteer

Are you a qualified or trainee counsellor or someone with compassion and empathy who is interested in supporting people who are recently bereaved?

Bereavement support group volunteer

Opportunity details

We are looking for volunteers to support people in our local community who are struggling to cope after a bereavement.

For those people we offer a weekly drop-in group called “Becoming bereaved”. This group is facilitated by a qualified or trainee counsellor and supported by a volunteer listener. It is not a counselling or therapy session, but a safe space for people to explore their grief.

If you are a qualified or trainee counsellor, or you are interested in supporting people in this way, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Location Peace Hospice, Watford

Team Supportive Care

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Time commitment 2 hours on a Friday every other week

Join our Supportive Care Team

Our Supportive Care services help patients, carers, family members, children or close friends to cope emotionally and practically when a diagnosis of cancer or another life-changing illness is received. Support is tailored to the needs of each patient and family. Our Supportive Care Teams are here to help you secure practical help, boost your emotional well-being and work through the psychological challenges that life changing illness brings.
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Benefits of becoming a Bereavement support volunteer

Full training and supervision provided You'll attend a one-day training course and will be assigned a line-manager to support you throughout

Make a difference to bereaved relatives The emotional support you provide, will be invaluable to the families of our patients who have recently died.

Feel like you're having a real impact The support you provide will help people to begin to cope with their grief.

At our Inpatient Unit in Watford

Two hours on a Friday, every other week.

We are looking for one qualified or trainee counsellor, and one other volunteer who is not a counsellor. You will have a desire to help, be a good listener, caring, compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others, trustworthy, reliable and non-judgmental.

There will be a one-day in person mandatory training session at one of our Rennie Grove Peace sites.  There will be some additional mandatory training for you to complete at the start of your volunteering with us and periodic refresher training.

You will be line managed by our Bereavement Listening and Talking Therapies Team and will be offered regular supervision.

We rely on the commitment of our volunteers to support our services, however we understand that you may need to take a break from your volunteering.  Your line manager will be in regular contact during your break and will be happy to discuss any changes to the support you can provide if necessary.  If you have been on an extended break it may be necessary for you to attend some refresher training.