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Longfield is a community hospice charity, in a beautiful setting near Stroud. We believe that everyone touched by a life-limiting illness in Gloucestershire should benefit from free hospice care ...

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Walk and Talk Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Burleigh Ln, Dean's Quarry, Burleigh, Stroud GL5 2PQ, UK
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Summary

Are you a good listener? We need volunteers to come on our walks with recently bereaved family members.

Detailed description

Volunteer tasks and activities

 

•     To help welcome attendees at Longfield’s Walk & Talk events.

•     To participate in walks, chatting with attendees as required, being sensitive to their needs

•     To act as a front, middle or back walker

•     To help with providing beverages and assisting with clearing away.

•     To inform the group leader of any concerns/enquiries attendees make that they feel unable to respond to

•     To relay any verbal comments/feedback given about events to group leader

•     To support and work as part of a team to facilitate a programme of monthly walk & talk groups

•     To contribute to the development of a portfolio of walking routes in and around Minchinhampton and the surrounding areas


Our walks take place on different days, for an up to date schedule, do get in touch and we can let you know.


What are we looking for in a volunteer?

  • Available to take part in at least 3 walks each year
  • Able to attend occasional Walk & Talk Team planning and/or review meetings
  • To report any concerns/difficulties encountered to a member of staff
  • To advise of any health issues, illness or planned absence that may prevent you taking part in the walk and talk groups
  • Willing to complete, or demonstrate evidence of completed mandatory training relevant to the role
  • Good listening & communication skills
  • Able to listen & be alongside bereaved people without trying to find solutions or offer advice
  • Calm, approachable manner
  • Comfortable with people being upset
  • Good observational skills
  • Have an awareness of own capabilities and a willingness to seek and receive guidance and feedback from the Counselling and Bereavement Team 


What training will we provide?

·       Introduction to Longfield (half –day workshop)

·       Safeguarding adults (level 1) – e-learning

·       Information governance – e-learning

·       GDPR awareness – e-learning

 

Please note: due to the nature of the support we provide and the conversations you may have, we would advise that this position may be unsuitable for:

 

·       Someone who has been recently bereaved,

·       Someone who is currently accessing services at Longfield

·       Someone currently acting as main carer for someone at the end of life, (or has been in any of these situations in the last 12 months).  



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About Longfield Hospice

Longfield is a community hospice charity, in a beautiful setting near Stroud. We believe that everyone touched by a life-limiting illness in Gloucestershire should benefit from free hospice care. We support people to live well after diagnosis through a range of well being services for them and their loved ones and, when the time comes, we provide hospice at home care, enabling them to have the choice of dying in the comfort of their own home.