Due to the situation around coronavirus (Covid-19) we've paused our volunteer recruitment. But do send us your application - we're so grateful for your interest and look forward to contacting you very soon.

Volunteers are an essential part of our team of complementary therapists - we need qualified people who can help on Tuesdays or Fridays.

Interested? Call 01485 601700 or Apply Online

The hospice offers various types of complementary therapy treatments - massage, reflexology, Indian head massage, reiki, aromatherapy and the 'M' technique. All of these can ease physical, psychological and emotional symptoms - like fatigue, pain and discomfort, anxiety, fear, denial, frustration, low mood, depression and sleep problems. To carry out this volunteer role you must have the necessary qualifications and be registered with the relevant accredited body. Our Lead Complementary Therapist and the team of volunteers work together to focus on the individual's wellbeing and offer appropriate therapies. Your exact role will depend on your own skills and training. 

Your main responsibilities 

  1. Become familiar with the hospice's services and its philosophy - and how this type of therapy sits within palliative care.
  2. Understand personal and professional boundaries.
  3. Keep records of treatments given, their effectiveness and outline plans of care. 
  4. Carry out all mandatory training. 
  5. Recognise the risk of vulnerable individuals, and report any safeguarding concerns. 
  6. Follow ‘Lone Worker’ policy when visiting an individual in their own home and respect working as their ‘guest’.
  7. Deliver complementary therapy to individuals in line with their plan of care.
  8. Work to an ‘agreement’ with the patient/family - duration of therapy sessions, number of sessions, frequency of visits.
  9. Ensure therapy has been approved by the GP or medical consultant.
  10. Make sure the patient or carer understands and consents to the therapy prior to treatment.

This Role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.