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George Eliot Hospital is seeking a small team of dedicated volunteers, who can spare up to 3 hours a week, to provide companionship to patients on their own at the end of their life.

‘Companion for the Dying’ volunteers will work alongside ward staff, the palliative care team and Chaplaincy services to provide one-to-one emotional and practical support for patientsand their families when they need it most.

Volunteers will need to be friendly, approachable and able to put people at their ease. They must be able to sit with patients, listen without talking and willing to hold their hand to provide comfort at the end of their life. They may just be there to support families or carers, providing periods of respite so that they can have a break or take care of other commitments.

Each volunteer will need to be able to cope in distressing situations and be trustworthy, tactful and mindful of patient confidentiality.

Ricarda Witcombe, Chaplaincy Team Leader at George Eliot Hospital, said: “This is a brand new volunteering role at the George Eliot Hospital. We have dedicated, compassionate staff in our palliative care team and across our wards and to volunteer alongside them is a rewarding role.

“Our volunteers will offer vital support to our patients in the last days and hours of their life.”

If you are interested in this very special volunteering role please contact Rev Ricarda Witcombe on 0247686 5046 or email Ricarda.witcombe@geh.nhs.uk or Becky Millward on 02476 865267Becky.Millward@geh.nhs.uk 

Interested volunteers will be required to complete an application form, an enhanced DBS check, provide two references and undertake an interview.

Companion for the Dying volunteers will also need to complete a two day training course before starting their role. The first training sessions are being held on 22nd and 23rd January 2020.

Companion for the Dying - Patient information leaflet

Companion for the Dying - Role descriptions

Application form (PDF)

Application form (word)

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