Adult Bereavement volunteer

Where:  Face to Face, via secure online platform (Zoom) or via telephone contact

When: 2-4 clients per week

Qualifications: An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (end of first-year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.

Closing date: 25th March 2022

Interviews: 5th and 6th April 2022


About the role

As part of our bereavement service, we are looking for bereavement support volunteers for our adult bereavement service. The bereavement service offers 1:1 brief intervention support (typically a 6 session model) to recently bereaved, including those who have not been previously known to hospice services

Your skills, abilities and qualifications: 

  • An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (first-year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.
  • Experience of bereavement training (& some counselling hours)
  • Completed some working online counselling training
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially empathy & sensitivity
  • Flexibility to respond to the needs of the service (including IT updates)
  • An awareness of the importance of client confidentiality

Key responsibilities:

  • Meet with allocated clients on a one-to-one basis
  • Follow-up administration
  • Participate in regular monthly supervision group meetings, in accordance with best practice
  • Attend the hospice organisational induction, and relevant initial training for the role, as organised by FSC and DPFS

Apply and more information

If you have passion and commitment in supporting people through their bereavement please download the application form from our website and return along with a covering letter containing answers to the following questions:

  • What attracts you to hospice and bereavement work?
  • Looking at our values, how have you demonstrated these in your life?
  • How do you think people can benefit from bereavement support?
  • What have you learnt about yourself in your first year of training and how might that help you to support someone in their bereavement?
  • Have you completed any additional counselling workshops or training in a related field?

Please return your cover letter and application by email to vsteam@stwhospice.org, post, or drop it in next time you’re at the hospice before the closing date.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Ella Williams on 01323 434257 or email ella.williams@stwhospice.org

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