Complementary therapists offer specialist therapy to parents as a method of relaxation during their stay in the hospice. On occasions therapists may be asked to work with affected children or siblings if they have the appropriate qualifications.
You can volunteer on any day of the week, for a few hours, in the morning, afternoon or evening. This can be discussed and agreed with your Supervisor and the Hospice Voluntary Services Manager.
Rachel House Hospice in Kinross
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 – your learning will include Representing CHAS, adult and child protection, manual handling, basic health and safety and fire safety.
You can choose to learn as part of a group or complete the learning online. The learning won’t take up much time and will equip you with the skills you need to undertake your role safely and confidently.
We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers including our annual Volunteers’ Day which includes a range of learning workshops.
All volunteers are assigned a supervisor – this person will be your point of contact and will meet with you on a regular basis to provide you with support and guidance.
Families supported by CHAS are often under a lot of strain. Complementary therapy treatments can help to relax parents, enabling them to have a break and some valuable time to themselves, away from the pressures of caring for a child with a life-shortening condition.
All therapists must be registered with a recognised professional body which has codes of conduct, ethics and discipline in place. We will need to see proof of qualifications and relevant CPD when you come in and meet us for an informal interview.
This role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). There is a simple form to complete and we will assist you with this. 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.
If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.