The Norfolk Hospice is desperately seeking compassionate, supportive volunteers to help with their Home Sit service. The service, which provides volunteers to sit with patients for a period of up to three hours in their own homes, allows carers some respite or the chance to attend one of the carer support groups at the Hospice. It is currently at capacity and the Hospice has a waiting list of people needing support.

Sarah Klumper, the Macmillan Integrated Palliative Social Worker who coordinates the service said,

Our current Home Sit volunteers enjoy being able to support our patients who may have a cancer diagnosis or are living with a long term condition. The volunteers all enjoy being able to support the patients knowing that their carers are able to have some time away from their caring role which is essential for their own wellbeing.

A blonde lady holding a sign saying Hospice care is satisfying and rewardingVolunteers are able to spend one to one time with the patients finding out about their hobbies and interests and will spend time sitting with the patients and may support them to participate in small activities such as playing cards, completing jigsaws or just talking about the most relevant topics in the news. Volunteers enjoy building up good relationships with the patients and their carers and get a sense of wellbeing for themselves knowing that their time has been so well spent.

The Hospice ensures that all volunteers are well supported in their roles and Home Sit volunteers will enjoy regular training and team meetings coordinated by Sarah.

The Hospice is particularly in need of Home Sit support between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday afternoons to allow carers the time to attend Carer Support Groups at the Hospice once a month. If you could commit to spending time with a Hospice patient in their own homes please contact Davina Clarke, Volunteer Coordinator on 01485 601700.