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Nursing Support Volunteer

Nursing Support Volunteers will assist the nursing team either in our hospices or with our CHAS at Home teams in families own homes.

Nursing Support Volunteers will assist the nursing team either in our hospices or with our CHAS at Home teams in families own homes. The aim is to work closely with the nursing team providing an ‘extra pair of hands’ as well as providing high quality care to children and young people.

Where is the opportunity based?

  • Rachel House, Kinross
  • CHAS at Home, Central and East
  • CHAS at Home, Central and West

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Undertaking personal care whilst working alongside a member of the nursing team
  • Helping to get the children up and dressed in the morning and ready for bed in the evening
  • Moving and handling
  • Sitting with a child undertaking play, storytelling, watching a move while staff attend to other young people
  • Assisting the Nursing Team with general cleaning and tidying of the clinical area and equipment in the children’s bedroom.
  • Keeping bedrooms stocked with supplies

Desirable skills and abilities:

  • Experience of working in (or towards) a care or clinical role
  • Understanding of working with children with complex needs
  • Experience of working with children
  • Personal experience in a caring role
  • Good communication skills
  • Empathy, tact and sensitivity
  • Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability
  • Up to date (within 18 months) manual handling (or training will be provided)

How much time should I offer?

You can volunteer on any day of the week availability permitting, shifts are usually in the morning, or early evening. An average shift is approx 3 hours and ideally we are looking for a weekly commitment. For CHAS at Home, shifts will be discussed per requirements.

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is
tailored to your role. Training and Induction will be provided as well as ongoing support. We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers.

As part of your commitment you will be expected to attend a number of group supervision sessions per year.

What are the benefits to me?

  • Learning new skills
  • Using your existing skills for a great cause
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your cv
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

By volunteering you will be ensuring that children and young people receive the highest quality of care and support throughout their time with CHAS.

What else should I know?

You will need to be over 18 and have experience or knowledge of children with complex needs, have experience in (or working towards) a care or clinical role. The role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). You may already have a PVG form, if so you will only need to complete an update form. The process won’t cost you anything and having a criminal record will not automatically exclude you from volunteering. We will assess each applicant on an individual basis.

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.

We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

What’s the next step?

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online. If you have any questions please contact the Volunteering Team on volunteering@chas.org.uk or 0141 779 6195.

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