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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