Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (better known as CHAS) is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.
CHAS know caring for a child with a life-shortening condition is a full time job and that our families would really appreciate some support in their own homes in two particular areas - practical tasks and sibling (brother/sister) support.
Two main activities home support volunteers would be involved in would be sibling support e.g. helping siblings with homework, activity and play, drop off and pick up from clubs or groups and/or practical support for the families within their own home. Tasks can include cleaning, ironing, shopping and/or dog walking - practical tasks are dependent on the family’s needs. Any prospective volunteers might be interested in one of these areas or both.
Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of? You will make a massive difference to the lives of families going through the most difficult time of their lives.
CHAS want volunteers to feel happy, safe and confident in their role. Volunteers are thoroughly trained and supported, with regular support & supervision.
Before starting volunteers receive an induction to CHAS along with an assessed learning package which consists of 4 x 3 hour weekly sessions, tailored to your role. These sessions are available during the day or evening.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy each month or weekly if prefer. This includes mileage costs and public transport rates.
Compassionate nature, a desire to support families in their own home, ability to be flexible and reliable, good listening skills and shared values with CHAS: respect, care, honesty, accountability.
As a Home Support Volunteer you will be matched to one family to visit on a weekly on-going basis. Therefore access to reliable public transport or a clean and current driving licence and access to a vehicle is required, as visits will take place within the families own homes.
We are currently looking for volunteers covering Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Tayside and Central Scotland.
This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
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