Many volunteers work regular shifts between 2 and 4 hours per week. This could be in the inpatient unit, Day Hospice, garden or helping with fundraising. We also have another team of volunteers working in the Bereavement service.
As a volunteer, you will work alongside our paid staff. Volunteers are an integral part of the Meadow House family. Your help ensures that patients and their families receive the best possible care and attention. Please note that volunteers are not involved with patients’ clinical care.
A range of duties for a volunteer could include:
chatting and spending time with patients
making teas and coffees for patients and relatives
serving lunch and snacks
flower arranging and plant care
being part of our volunteer gardening team
keeping the patient areas tidy and welcoming
washing and rolling bandages
offering specialist skills – for example, arts and crafts activities with patients
helping with the Bereavement service
Our volunteers have a wide range of skills acquired through everyday experiences and have good communication skills. They appreciate and respect confidentiality and are able to offer a sensitive response to patients and relatives.
We ask you to make a regular commitment to Meadow House Hospice. And ask for help at a minimum of 2 fundraising events a year. We encourage you to spend 6 months with us to make the most of the experience.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age and not have had a close bereavement within the last 2 years.
We select volunteers following a robust recruitment process. This involves an interview, health check, the taking up of 2 references and a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
We hold volunteer meetings every 6 to 8 weeks. Here, you will be able to express your views and contribute with new ideas and initiatives. We really appreciate the contributions by volunteers to Meadow House.
For further information on volunteering, please contact:
Voluntary Services Manager
Tel: 020 8967 5040