Volunteer Chaplain

To assist the Spiritual Care Manager, Lead Chaplain, Chaplain Volunteer Supervisor and hospice Care Teams in the delivery of Spiritual Care

Key activities:

  • Visit the hospice at least  once per month.
  • Be available to staff offering advice and support re. specific spiritual issues which arise in their care delivery.
  • As requested, to help children, young people and their families to articulate thoughts and wishes in connection with their spiritual needs.
  • Be available to children, young people and their families as they look to find meaning in the context of suffering and possibly re-evaluate their values and beliefs.
  • To attend LMPM meetings as invited by the Chaplain Volunteer Supervisor or Locality Wellbeing Lead and in this setting participate in the support offered to staff.
  • As requested, to be involved in the  provision of religious services and ordinances.
  • Support the Spiritual Care Manager in raising staff awareness of the issues of spiritual care.

Personal qualities/attributes/knowledge:

  • Friendly and enthusiastic
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • To be able to work with individuals as well as part of a team
  • Recognise own limitations and seek help if needed
  • Flexible
  • Committed and reliable
  • Non-judgemental and accepting of multi-cultural/multi-faith beliefs
  • Awareness of loss and bereavement
  • Part of an active and supportive faith community

Supervision/ induction: You will be provided with a full induction by the Lead Chaplain or Chaplain Volunteer Supervisor, who will also provide you with regular supervision sessions

Location:  Milton (Cambridgeshire), The Treehouse (Suffolk), The Nook (Norfolk)

Hours/time commitment: Monthly ‘keeping in touch’ visits to local hospice plus ad hoc as and when required

Recruitment process: Application form, informal interview, enhanced DBS & 2 references. You will also be required to undertake some mandatory training ahead of commencing your volunteer role, some of which will require an annual refresher e.g. safeguarding

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