Appeal for Volunteers to join Hospice's Supportive Care Team

Posted on 16 February 2017.

Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice is appealing for volunteers to join its Supportive Care team to offer emotional support to patients diagnosed with incurable illnesses as well as family members and carers.

The hospice, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, has organised a recruitment day for people interested in volunteering in the bereavement, spiritual care and social work and counselling teams. The event will be held on March 1 between 3pm and 8pm at the hospice’s Cedars site on Compton Road West.

Liz Ibberson has been a volunteer at the hospice for more than 13 years. She said: “Being a bereavement volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It is such a great privilege to enter someone's life when they are at their lowest ebb and allow them to open up to you in a way that perhaps they feel unable to do with friends and family.”

Compton Hospice currently has a team of more than 800 volunteers and relies on the support of those who choose to give up their time in order to keep its services running. However with demand for services continuing to grow, the charity is looking to expand its volunteer base in order to provide greater support for patients and family members.

Justine Wilson, Bereavement Service Manager said: “We hope to recruit volunteers in all areas of the Supportive Care Team. Our current volunteers enable us to offer our services to more people who access the hospice and their families and friends.

“Our volunteers play a big role in making a real difference to people’s lives throughout the duration of their illness and also support family members during their bereavement. When a family member is seriously ill there can be a ripple effect which impacts on loved ones and carers and we aim to support them, as well as the patient themselves, if they are finding life hard.

“Full training will be provided for volunteers in the bereavement and spiritual care teams. We are also searching for qualified counsellors to offer volunteer support in our counselling and social work teams.

“I would like to encourage people to come along to find out more about the different roles on offer.”

Those interested in becoming a Compton Hospice volunteer are asked to email justinewilson@compton-hospice.org.uk or call 01902 774566 for more details. 

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