Holistic Therapies Volunteer (Forget Me Not Unit) Swandean Worthing

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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The Forget Me Not Unit is a specialist acute dementia unit which currently has 2x 10 bedded wards, with a 3rd opening later in 2022. Patients, who are admitted from across Sussex, are experiencing severe symptoms of their dementia and requiring specialist assessment and treatment. 

We are looking for a volunteer with experience and qualifications in massage or aromatherapy who can provide 1:1 interventions. There is a huge evidence base for these sensory based interventions for people with dementia and so someone who has some experience in these therapies would be a welcome addition to the unit. Safe use of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy scents are proven to be supportive in helping patients coping with negative symptoms of their dementia.

We are looking for a volunteer with experience and qualifications in Holistic Therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and reflexology who can provide 1:1 interventions.


  • To work alongside trust staff to identify patients who may benefit from holistic therapies
  • To undergo training and supervision as required



  • Experience and qualifications in holistic therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and reflexology
  • To have an awareness of safety issues
  • To have good communication skills and be able to encourage patients to engage where possible
  • Well presented, with a friendly and approachable manner
  • An ability to be patient and calm even in the face of difficult situations
  • An ability to act on own initiative within the role description
  • A willingness to be flexible and to follow the guidance of a placement supervisor
  • A willingness to abide by the Sussex Partnership volunteer guidelines, including rules on confidentiality, health and safety, safeguarding adults and children and manual handling
  • To be willing to receive training any areas as appropriate to the volunteer role


Increase your social and relationship skills

Gain career experience

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose

Support and training provided

Increases self-confidence

Practical Considerations

Would need to live locally or have own transportation.

When do I need to be available?

Details Days/times: One session a week - flexible on day between 10-12am or 2-4pm
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Aldrington House
35 New Church Road

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training