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St Margaret’s Hospice Community Support Volunteer Service

Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a flexible basis?
Would you like to volunteer in your community?
Could you support our patients and their families in their own home?
If the answer is yes, we need you!


What is our Community Support Service?
It is a home visiting service delivered by trained hospice volunteers and operates across Somerset

How does the service work?
Volunteers offer their time depending on their availability, usually this involves a visit once a week for a couple of hours during normal working hours Monday to Friday.
Volunteers are assigned a patient who they support over 8 visits, by the end of this time, many patients feel much more confident about living with their illness.
Volunteers will use their own cars to visit patients. However it is not necessary to be a car owner, we welcome volunteers who would be willing to walk, cycle or use public transport. Travel costs are reimbursed.

What can a Community Support Volunteer do?
The support provided is built around supporting patients achieve identified goals. Everyone’s needs are different, but the sort of things you can help with include:
Helping patients find relevant information about benefits and other services
Accompanying patients to a GP, hospital appointments, shopping
Taking patients out for a drive or walk
Talking about planning ahead
Spending time with patients so that carers, family or friends can have a break
They are not able to provide medical or personal care.

Training and support
Full training and ongoing support provided

How can I apply or find out more?
To learn more about this rewarding role, please contact Katie Baker by emailing
Community.Support@st-marg-hospice.org.uk

or calling 0845 070 8 9 10 (option 2)