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Hospice calls for complementary therapy volunteers

14th September 2019

A city hospice is calling for volunteer therapists to support its complementary therapy team – helping make a difference to the lives of its patients.

St Richard’s Hospice, in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, has a Complementary Therapy team of two staff and eight volunteers – supporting patients from across the county.

Complementary Therapists offer treatments including aromatherapy, reflexology and massage to the hospice’s inpatients, outpatients, day hospice, carers and bereaved.

Samantha Talavera, a staff member of the team, said: “We are very lucky to have a fabulous team of volunteer therapists.

“The time, care, commitment and wealth of experience they offer can make a big difference to our patients and their loved ones.

“We are looking for people with the relevant qualifications, good communication skills and the ability to be sensitive to the needs of others.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer therapist at St Richard’s can come to an open afternoon at the hospice on Monday, October 28 from 2pm to 4pm.

“It will be an opportunity for you to meet some of the team, to get greater insight into what we offer and to answer any questions you may have,” explained Ms Talavera.

To join the volunteer team, therapists must have a recognised, level three qualification in at least one of the following: aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, Indian head massage, shiatsu, relaxation techniques and the ‘M’ Technique ®.

They must also have at least a year’s post-qualification experience, membership of an appropriate professional body and be fully insured.

Angela Johns (pictured), who volunteers once a week, said: “Volunteering my skills as a therapist has enabled me to touch the lives of those who may not have sought out this way to help manage their stress and pain.

“I have found St Richard’s Hospice to be a positive and friendly environment to work. It enriches my life as much as it supports those I treat.”

The hospice requires volunteers to offer a minimum of three-and-a-half hours in the morning, afternoon or evening at least once a fortnight.

To find out more about becoming a Complementary Therapy volunteer come to the open afternoon or contact Kirstie Smith, Staff and Volunteer Recruitment Co-ordinator, on 01905 763963 or email recruitment@strichards.org.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.