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In-Patient Support Volunteer

Here at The Kirkwood we provide a range of care and support aimed at improving the lives of people affected by any life-limiting illness in our local communities.  We are extremely fortunate to have the support and commitment of over 800 dedicated volunteers who work alongside staff in a variety of roles and departments.  The Kirkwood Team work tirelessly to support people to improve their quality of life; remain as independent as possible; and maintain their dignity until the very end.  Families and loved-ones are also supported during the illness and in bereavement.

We couldn’t do what we do without our loyal volunteers!  We aim to offer the very best  volunteering experience, including a comprehensive induction; an annual education & training programme; long-service awards; and volunteer & staff celebration events.    We’d love to hear from you if you can spare some of your time to help Kirkwood care and extend its reach to others that could benefit from the services we provide.

Volunteering opportunities at The Kirkwood are many and varied.  If you’re looking for something local, each and every one of our 21 charity shops is continually taking on new volunteers.  Likewise, there are always opportunities at the Hospice itself and if you’ve got a particular skill or talent that we’ve not yet thought about, then we’ll happily create a new role if it will benefit our cause.  If you prefer to be out and about, Befriending and the Kirkwood Ambassador role offer exciting opportunities to put The Kirkwood at the heart of local communities.

As a Kirkwood volunteer, you will be helping us to provide care to people from your own community who are affected by a life-limiting illness.  A little of your time can make a massive difference to what we can achieve!  Is it your time to make a difference?  We hope to hear from you soon!

Opportunities Overview
  • Volunteer Role Title
    In-Patient Support Volunteer
  • About the Volunteer Role

    This role is based at our In-Patient Unit at Kirkwood Hospice (Albany Rd, Dalton HD5 9UY).

    You will be supporting the nursing staff to make patients feel comfortable including:

    • Serving drinks to patients and visitors
    • Talking to patients
    • Helping patients to make phone or video calls
    • Escorting patients around the Hospice Gardens
    • Wiping down tables and taking meals to patients
    • Following the hospice procedures and individual patient information provided by nursing or therapy staff.

    Training will be provided and you will be briefed at the start of each shift by a designated Volunteer Link Nurse. There are 4 shifts per day to chose from, and the role is available Monday to Sunday. We are looking for Volunteers that can cover one of the following shifts: 9.30am - 11.30am, 12pm - 1.30pm, 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 6pm - 7.30pm.

    PPE will be provided and you will be required to carry out a Lateral Flow Test at home before each shift (and only attend if a negative result) .

    This role would suit anyone of a caring nature and is a great opportunity to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

  • Role
  • When you can volunteer
  • Suitable for under 18's
    Minimum Age
    over 16s
  • Type of role
  • Special Requirements
    Application form required, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise)
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Covid-Safe Volunteering

If you are volunteering in lockdown, please make sure that you are staying safe and are up-to-date with the current rules and guidance.

From 29th March, you should continue to volunteer from home where possible unless you cannot reasonably do so. You can leave home to volunteer if you are not required to isolate for any reason. Please make sure that you are following the guidelines to stay safe.

From 12th April, we move to Step 2 of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap.  This is when charity shops, libraries, and community centres can reopen, and cafes can serve people outside, which will mean that more people will be volunteering outside their homes and we may start to get more new volunteering opportunities.

If you are looking for a volunteering role, please visit our I Want To Volunteer page.

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