PILGRIMS Hospices could not exist without the amazing volunteer support they receive from across the community.
With a range of positions available, there is something for everyone — with a number of positions urgently required across the Canterbury area – so why not join Pilgrims as a volunteer in 2015?
• Qualified volunteer complementary therapists are needed at the hospice and the Coastal Outreach in Whitstable. Therapies offered at present are aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki.
• Hairdressers are needed in the Canterbury hospice for a few hours a week to work with hospice patients and provide a hairdressing service.
• Fanatical about furniture? The popular Pilgrims Whitstable shop is looking for a manager with retail experience to lead the existing team of volunteers. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 9.3Oam to 4pm, and the timings for this role are flexible.
• The Ann Robertson Centre in Canterbury is looking for a volunteer with excellent people skills, confidence and initiative to help in hosting events and training courses and assist in the management of the flexible.
• The Ann Robertson Centre in Canterbury is looking for a volunteer with excellent people skills, confidence and initiative to help in hosting events and training courses and assist in the management of the venue.
• If you have access to a car, could you help driving day-patients to and from Canterbury hospice?
• Canterbury hospice is looking for a volunteer with good general-purpose maintenance skills who is available for half a day a week to support the maintenance team.
If you are interested in supporting the hospice through volunteering with us, then please visit our website and download an application form. The hospice research team is inviting patients and families. Pilgrims Hospices is inviting patients, their families and the wider public to join a new group that will advise the hospice on how it researches service improvements.
Charlotte Brigden, research facilitator at Pilgrims Hospices, is leading the group. Charlotte’s role supports the development of new research ideas and existing research at the hospice, and applying for grants to fund the research. She said by working together with those who have experienced incurable illnesses first hand it helps the hospice to take the right approach to studies into end-of-life care.
“Input from the advisory group will inform our future research ideas, the way our research is conducted and how we communicate our findings with hospice patients, their families and the wider public. As well as contributing to the invaluable services we provide, we can share this information to contribute meaningfully to the development of palliative care across the country.”
No formal qualifications are necessary, just a passion for the work of the hospice and a desire to get involved. Email: Charlotte Bngden at charlotte.bngden@ pilgrimshospices.org for more information.