Volunteering Opportunities

East Herts NHS Trust has volunteer opportunities available
The following information has been created by them for you to see what's on offer.

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is developing an exciting and innovative complementary therapy service and is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join as valued members of the team.

This opportunity would be initially open to Energy/Reiki Therapists.

Energy therapy is currently offered in:

• Endoscopy units at the Lister and QEII hospitals
• Respiratory clinics at the QEII and Hertford County hospitals.

The Trust has had positive responses to complementary therapy from patients, families and staff members. We would now like to expand further into other areas within the Trust.

What we would offer you:
1. The opportunity to offer your therapy at the point of need
2. The opportunity to develop your professional expertise and experience
3. The support of the multidisciplinary team
4. A feeling that you are making a difference
5. Pleasant surroundings and a friendly and positive environment
6. Travelling expenses

What we would expect from you:
1. To be qualified fully with a recognised professional body
2. To have your own insurance
3. To have at least one year's experience since qualifying
4. To enjoy team work and have a mature and appropriate awareness of good working practice in a clinical setting
5. To attend the voluntary service training
6. To fill in an occupational health form and undergo a DBS check (organised by the Trust’s voluntary services team)

You will have the opportunity to observe the therapist presently working for the Trust and be given supervision until you feel comfortable in your role.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Shuna Watkinson, energy therapist (shuna.watkinson@nhs.net) or Patricia Swann, lung cancer nurse (07771 872947).

Volunteering opportunity at UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, London
UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre is looking for a complementary therapist volunteer to provide aromatherapy, massage, reflexology or reiki, on Monday afternoons, to people living with cancer.
The role will include an induction and support with the senior complementary therapist, access to related learning resources, and ad hoc training.
For more information, contact ccvolunteers@uclh.nhs.uk / 0203 447 8663


Hospiscare needs further therapy support

End-of-life charity Hospiscare is appealing for more complementary therapists and bereavement supporters at its Honiton-based Kings House Day Hospice.

The organisation is also seeking more care navigators, a new volunteering role that sees carers visit people’s houses to offer one-to-one support and care.

“The nature of volunteering means that people come and go and currently we need to fill some gaps,” said Hospiscare’s Vicky Lachenicht, who manages more than 1,000 volunteers for Hospiscare.  “Please contact us for a chat – you would be joining a team of dedicated people, making a huge difference to people at the most difficult time of their lives.

“We’d love to hear from people who can help, we’re very flexible and can fit in with whatever time you have to offer. Your gift of time would be a huge help to our patients and families; it might just be a couple of hours to you, but to them it’s a lifeline. All our volunteers are really well trained, giving their time with a friendly face and a listening ear.”

Last year Hospiscare looked after 2,200 patients living in Exeter, East and Mid Devon. A total of 126 Honiton people were cared for, with 88 of them being visited in their own homes by Hospiscare community specialist nurses.  Nine local people were admitted to the hospice ward in Exeter.

Kings House has a specially equipped complementary therapy treatment room where many patients enjoy relaxing therapies. “We need more complementary therapists to help,” Vicky added. “Their skills offer people a “bit of me time.” We also give treatments to the patients’ carers as we recognise we need to look after them as well.

“Also, complementary therapies provide welcome relief and something to look forward to after a particularly gruelling treatment, such as chemotherapy.”

Hospiscare provides training, support, cover all costs, including travel expenses for all its volunteering roles. “Volunteering is a great way to enhance your skills, meet interesting people and can be rewarding and fulfilling. It’s also a terrific way to gain experience when looking for a job.”

If you’d like to find out more about helping Hospiscare contact Vicky on 01392 688068 or email Vicky.lachenicht@hospiscare.co.uk

For further information see: http://www.hospiscare.co.uk/Volunteering/Volunteer_roles


Harrogate charity appeals for volunteer therapists

The Marigold Wellbeing Centre in Harrogate offers complementary therapy treatments to people with chronic conditions. It was formerly the Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre, which provided support to complement conventional medicine for 25 years.

Patients with complaints including cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart problems and depression are given treatments including reflexology, reiki, counselling, spiritual healing and aromatherapy by practitioners giving their services free. Support is also offered free to carers, family and friends of patients.

Volunteer Maggie Chester said more therapists and general helpers were needed. Some patients came for a few sessions but others had attended for years.

“We give support to all sorts of people and often those caring for them as well. It’s fantastic helping people so they go out feeling a lot better than when they came in,” she said.

The CHO spoke with Maggie and she is a great supporter of healing, having seen the benefits to patients. 

The services are provided at Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate. Any practitioners who would like to volunteer can call Mrs Chester on 01756 730489.  Volunteers are subject to a standard check of their credentials.

Volunteer therapists needed for Lytham St Annes hospice

Volunteer therapists are desperately needed to help reduce stress for patients and their families.

Trinity Hospice is seeking people who are qualified in level three complementary therapy to help any day, Monday to Friday and offer treatments such as reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage and aromatherapy massage.

Complementary therapy is a vital aspect of Trinity’s service – it can help reduce anxiety, not just for patients, but also their carers, as looking after someone with a terminal illness can be emotionally and physically draining.

Volunteers can come in any day Monday to Friday, usually 10am until 3pm and half days are fine. They need to have their own public liability insurance and attend team meetings, but Trinity will give them training, support and guidance for working in a clinical environment and with cancer patients.

Trinity says it is a chance for therapists to do something truly worthwhile and would offer great experience for young people who have recently started their therapy career.

It might also suit semi-retired or retired therapy professionals with spare time.

There is only one staff member on the complementary therapy team at the Bispham-based hospice – it relies on volunteers who give their time.

For more information, or to sign up, call Donna Clarke, hospice therapist, on (01253) 358881.

Healers sought for voluntary group in Walsall

Since opening in 2000, our voluntary group in Walsall, West Midlands, has only accommodated NFSH/THT healers but we have recently decided to also welcome healers from other organisations that have similarly high standards of training, Code of Conduct, etc.

Should anyone wish to join us in offering healing to the public on Sunday evenings, do please contact Dave Daniels on 01922 611788.