Volunteering roles

Whether you can offer a few hours, a regular half day or would be interested in supporting a short term project, there are many ways for you to give your time, skills and energy. Whether you can be a friendly face greeting visitors at reception, offer support to patients in the community, give time as a charity shop volunteer, or a much valued driver taking patients to and from Hospice appointments – it will be very rewarding. If you have any questions please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856.

Compassionate Neighbour

Hours: 1-2 hours per week
Location: Community based

About the role

Could you make a difference in your local community? Can you spare an hour a week?

As a Compassionate Neighbour, you will offer kindness and company to someone who lives near you, who has a life limiting illness, or is elderly, frail and lonely. You might visit them and have a cup of tea, take them out to do something they enjoy, just sit and have a chat or guide them to access services that are likely to be of help to them

What is new and different about Compassionate Neighbours is that the people you support would not be Princess Alice Hospice patients.

By becoming a Compassionate Neighbour you can help us to reach out and support to more people.

We will support you by providing training and ongoing support.

We are looking for volunteers all over our care area.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Man Shed Session Leader

Hours: 4 hours a week (1 session)
Location: Esher, Surrey

About the role

Our Man Shed reaches out to the men who are not currently accessing our services. This may be a patient struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis, a bereaved man lost without his ‘other half’ or a man caring for his partner. The Man Shed gives these men, as well as bereaved women and young people, a space to learn or practice a practical skill, such as woodwork, with the aim that this will provide them with a support network and may lead them to access other Hospice services.

We are looking for volunteers to help lead sessions within the Man Shed:

  • To teach, help and encourage users to use the Shed effectively
  • To supervise the safe use of equipment and ensure health and safety is maintained at all times
  • To document ideas for projects to do in the Shed
  • To help users with their own ideas
  • To record attendance

Ideally you can commit to at least 4 hours per week.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Lunchtime Catering Volunteer

Hours: 3-6 hours weekly, Monday-Sunday
Location: Esher, Surrey

About the role

We are looking for volunteers to support our busy catering team who meet all the catering demands of the hospice.  This volunteer role will be varied but could include making sandwiches, helping on the tills and delivering teas and coffees to our function rooms.

You don’t have to be a chef – we’re looking for someone who will enjoy working in our kitchens and who can engage with our patients and their families.  It would be an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a career in catering or hospitality.

We are looking for 1 volunteer each day (Monday-Sunday).

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk

Community Fundraiser Volunteers

Hours: 3-5 hours per month
Location: In your local area with monthly trips to the hospice

About the role

We are looking for volunteers to support Princess Alice Hospice collecting, replacing and possibly even finding new locations for our collection tins in their local area.  The tins will be in local cafes, shops etc.

If you could spend 3-5 hours a month in your local area to assist in this way you would be able to make a big difference, we hope our collection tins income will be in excess of £30,000 this year. We ask that you collect the full tins and replace with new ones at least every 3 months and then return the funds to the Hospice.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk

Complementary Therapists

Hours: 2-3 hours a week
Location: Esher

About the role

We’re looking for complementary therapists to volunteer for a 2-3 hours a week with patients at the Hospice.

We would love to hear from practitioners in aromatherapy, healing, reiki, massage and reflexology.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

 

Volunteer Drivers

Location: Community

About the role

If you have a few hours to spare during the week, love being behind the wheel and want to make a difference, then we need your help!

Join our team of Volunteer Drivers bringing patients who live across Surrey, south west London and Middlesex to Princess Alice Hospice for appointments or Day Hospice activities.

As a Volunteer Driver:

  • 70% of our patients rely on volunteer transport to get to the Hospice, so whatever time you have to spare, morning or afternoon, you will receive a huge ‘thank you’ from us and our patients
  • You will receive a mileage allowance (currently 45p per mile)
  • If you don’t want to use your own vehicle, we also need Volunteer Drivers for our specially adapted vehicles.

We are particularly interested to hear from potential volunteers living in Banstead, Epsom, Tadworth, Bookham, Leatherhead and Dorking .

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Hospice Neighbours

Location: In the community

About the role

  • Could you offer support to someone nearing the end of their life?
  • Could you give their carer a much needed break?
  • Do you have a few hours to spare each week?

If you have answered yes to all these questions then you may be the person we are looking for to join us as a Hospice Neighbour.

We are looking for volunteers throughout our catchment area which extends from Staines to Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston, Walton and Dorking.  Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of four hours a week offering emotional and practical support to our patients and their carers.

These are some of the ways our volunteers support our patients.

  • Befriending – perhaps reminiscing with them about the past, talking about their worries and of course having a joke or two!
  • Helping around the house – making a sandwich, hanging the washing out, collecting a prescription or preparing a shopping list
  • Taking the person out for a drive or to appointments and helping with shopping.

Volunteers will be supported with a programme of training and ongoing group supervision from the Princess Alice Hospice Team.

What our volunteers say…

“Every Saturday morning I visit Kath and Frank and take them out, they look forward to our outings as they have no transport of their own.

“It’s lovely seeing them enjoy short walks as they met as ramblers. They enjoy a pub lunch, as do I, and it’s been fun to discover new places with them. There’s never a pause in the conversation.

“I am a lifelong volunteer and really enjoy supporting others who are less able than myself, enabling them to do things they wouldn’t usually be able to.”

Julie, Volunteer

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Flower Volunteer

Hours: 2/3 hours
Location: Esher, Surrey

About the role

If you love flowers and would like to help to make the Hospice a welcoming place for our patients and visitors this could be the role for you!

We need regular and ad hoc flower volunteers.  If you are able to offer your time to fill the regular vacancy on Wednesday afternoon or to help us on an occasional ad hoc basis filling in for sickness and holidays we would love to hear from you.  This will involve caring for our patients’ flowers as well as looking after our public areas.

You don’t have to be an expert flower arranger – we’re looking for someone who can engage with our patients and their families.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Carer’s Companion

Hours: A flexible commitment of around 4 hours per week
Location: Esher, Surrey

About the role

At any one time, our Clinical Nurse Specialists are supporting around 800 patients in the community. The majority of our patients have their partner, a family member or friend acting as their main carer. This Carer’s Companion volunteer role is to provide emotional and social support for these people, who are caring for one of our patients. This is likely to be away from the home to provide some respite and allow the carer time to focus on themselves.

This support will continue for 3-6 months after the patient dies.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Shop Volunteers

Location: Various

About the role

We have 45 shops across our catchment area and all our shops welcome new volunteers.

You can find your local shop here.

We are currently urgently looking for volunteers in Teddington, St Margaret’s, Richmond, Kingston, Egham, Staines, Epsom, Hownslow, Leatherhead, Twickenham, Banstead, Great Bookham, Chertsey, New Malden, Raynes Park and Cobham.

Shop volunteers support the day-to-day running of our shops.  Typical tasks include sorting, pricing and preparing goods for sale, serving customers and keeping the shop looking interesting and attractive.

All our volunteers receive a group induction, on-the-job training and ongoing support, as well as further training and development opportunities.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. Alternatively, pop into your local shop and pick up an application form.

Volunteer Beauticians and Hairdressers

Location: Princess Alice Hospice

About the role

We are looking for hairdressers, nail technicians and makeup artists to volunteer in the Day Hospice, on the Ward or at our Look Good Feel Great days.

Look Good Feel Great Volunteers – We run Look Good Feel Great days about four times a year, they are a day of pampering and relaxation for our Day Hospice patients.  A team of volunteers come and help at these events which are held in our Day Hospice.

Day Hospice Volunteers – Our Day Hospice is open 3 days a week – our beauty and hairdressing volunteers visit to have a chat and offer their services to the day hospice patients.

Ward Volunteers – On the ward you will visit patients and make them feel great with a haircut or some makeup, perhaps for a special occasion.

These roles are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference to our patients. You can help them feel fabulous. These roles are seen as part of our patient’s therapy in order to enhance their general wellbeing.

For further information about these roles please contact us on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Look Good Feel Great Role Description:

Hairdressing Role Description:

 

Ward Support Programme for students

At Princess Alice Hospice we would like to encourage more young people to volunteer with us. We are now actively recruiting for volunteers to help in their summer holidays and in the autumn supporting our patients on the Ward and in our Day Services.  They are great opportunities for students who are considering a career in healthcare to gain hands “on experience”.

In September 2018 are next group of young people will be joining our very successful ward support programme which has been running now for over three years.  It has been specifically designed to give students the experience of working alongside our health care team, getting involved with many aspects of patient care.  Serena said of her experience “it was the most life affirming thing you can do.”

This programme is open to those aged 17 by 17 September 2018. It’s one day a week from 16.30-20.30 for 6 months starting w/c 17 September 2018.  All must attend the training day on Saturday 15 September 2018.

Application deadline 4 June 2018 and interviews will be held week beginning 25 June.

Please contact the Volunteer Team at Princess Alice Hospice if you need further information on 01372 461856 or volunteering@pah.org.uk 

Income Generation Committee- Digital role

At Princess Alice we believe that everyone has the right to a good death – not just the few. Over the next five years, we are planning to reach more people by extending our care out into the community. To support this growth we need to raise an additional £3m net income.

We are looking for an individual to join our newly created Income Generation Committee to help give advice and support on digital developments specifically on generating income out of the digital space and how we can reach new audiences and strengthen relationships with existing supporters.

You will be at a senior level within your current job within another charity or creative agency, not necessarily healthcare, and see this role as an ideal opportunity to share and enrich your skills and experience to the benefit of both the Hospice and you.

To discuss the role please contact Dee Scannell on 01372 461821 or email deescannell@pah.org.uk

To apply please send your CV and a short letter detailing your experience in line with the role to deescannell@pah.org.uk.

Closing date: Wednesday 20 June

Ambassador

Hours: Flexible, with the expectation that you attend around 4 events a year

Location: In the community

About the role

Ambassadors represent the Hospice by giving talks to groups in the local community, being present at cheque presentations and generally supporting the outreach team at functions.

We are looking for volunteers to perform the following tasks:

  • Familiarise yourself with and practice an agreed presentation which includes facts and information about the Hospice and personal stories about our staff, volunteers and supporters.
  • Attend various meetings of groups such as Rotarians, Lions clubs, WI’s and Round table to deliver a talk to the members to inspire them to support the Hospice
  • Represent the Hospice at cheque presentations, collecting the cheque and bringing it back to the Hospice

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk.

Community Champion

Hours: Flexible, with the expectation that you attend around 2 events a year

Location: In the community

About the role

Community Champions represent the Hospice at events in the local community. These events will include Fetes and Fairs and cheque presentations.

We are looking for volunteers to perform the following tasks:

  • Attend local fetes and fairs and run a Princess Alice Hospice stall. The contents of the stall will be organised by the Hospice and will include a fun activity which is relevant to the Hospice.
  • Community Champions will be required to take and setup the stall, run the stall for the duration of the fete (or in shifts for a longer fete) and return the stall to the Hospice.
  • Champion the hospice and its services while on the stall
  • Represent the Hospice at cheque presentations, collecting the cheque and bringing it back to the Hospice.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. For further details about this role, or to request an application form by post, please contact the Volunteering Team on 01372 461856 or email volunteering@pah.org.uk