St Barnabas Hospices
Community Companions offer befriending, sitting, or practical support to our patients and carers in their own homes, 2 hours per week. It could also include taking a patient out in your own vehicle, perhaps to a local café or to get some light shopping. This help is to encourage and support independent living which in turn leads to increased well-being.
This is an opportunity to be part of a team but you must be able to work independently.
We will provide you with full training covering – the principles of palliative care, moving and handling, lone worker training, supervision, boundaries, data protection, confidentiality and safeguarding.
Initial training is 2 full days and then you will also be invited to attend regular peer support meetings (at least twice a year), six monthly reviews and in-house training as required.
- A willingness to learn (some of these skills you will already have and some may require training which we will provide)
- Excellent communication and listening skills
- Reliable and good time-keeping
- Physically able to carry out allocated tasks
- Ability to be non-judgemental and accept people as individuals and respect their differences
- An insight into palliative care
- Ability to empathise with the patient whilst maintaining good boundaries
- Demonstrate well-developed coping strategies
- Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
- Providing befriending to a socially isolated person so the role is extremely rewarding
- Meeting new people - patients and fellow Companions
- Travel expenses paid.
Opportunities across Arun, Adur and Worthing
When do I need to be available?
|Details||Week days morning or afternoon|
- Health and Social Care
- Supporting People and Befriending
Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer