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Caring team's recruiting call

Posted on February 28, 2007

A charity is looking for caring people to offer friendship and support to others with life-limiting illnesses, and their carers.

This article was published in February 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Hospice at Home Volunteers (HHV) has a team which visits people in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding area, spending time on various activities.

Now HHV would like to hear from anyone who would like to develop their skills and meet new people, as volunteer visitors.

The charity is running a volunteer training course next month, so it's a great time to get in touch if you're interested in helping.

Volunteers can be asked to sit with clients, take them shopping or go with them to other local places of interest.

They aren't expected to provide medical care or do housework. Their role is as a supportive friend, so that could include just keeping someone company, chatting or reading aloud.

One HHV volunteer, who has lent a helping hand for 12 years, said: "I find my involvement with HHV very rewarding. I meet some lovely people and feel privileged to be allowed into their homes at such a difficult time.

All potential volunteers receive two days training in palliative care, and can undertake further training in child protection awareness, protection of vulnerable adults, and moving and handling awareness. The personal development of volunteers is supported, too.

Volunteer training sessions help people to gain new skills regarding listening, communication, feelings and self-expression. The next two-day course will be held at the Disability Resource Centre in Dunstable on Thursday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 27.

Miriam Prewer, volunteer co-ordinator for Hospice at Home Volunteers, said: "If you are interesting in finding out more, just give us a call - it won't commit you to anything.

"We are more than happy to talk through the role in more detail either over the phone or in person at our offices at the Disability Resource Centre."

To find out more, call Georgina or Rebecca at the Volunteer Centre on 01525 850559 or email [email protected]

Source: Dunstable Gazette, 28 February 2007

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