Make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families by helping hospice staff deliver equipment (to patients living in the community), and picking it up when no longer required.
The Marlborough Hospice owns a van, which helpers will use for deliveries/collections. This van has a lift in the back to enable equipment to be put in and taken out with minimum lifting involved. A reasonable level of physical fitness/strength is still required, however, as some items can be rather heavy.
Helpers will always work in pairs.
Deliveries/Collections will generally take 1 - 2 hours. However, sometimes patients live outside the Blenheim area and this will extend the amount of time helpers are needed for.
There are no fixed times for this role. While staff try to keep deliveries and collections to Wednesdays and Fridays, this is an on-call role for which hospice staff will call volunteers when required. As such, volunteers can decline if they are not available for a particular delivery/collection.
Locations: mostly Blenheim are surrounding areas, but the Marlborough Hospice does service the entire Marlborough region so occasional trips to/from the Sounds will be needed.
Full training will be given (including training on safe lifting). In addition, an Induction to Hospice is available to all helpers/volunteers, and new helpers will be paired with more experienced helpers.
Debrief sessions and counselling are available to all Hospice volunteers/helpers as the nature of the work can be emotionally heavy at times.
Name badges will be provided.
There is no age limit for this role. However, people interested in applying for this role should be mature and reliable.
A full, clean driver's licence is required.
A Ministry of Justice criminal record check will be required.
Join a great team who meet up for social events throughout the year. Feel good that you're making a difference to hospice patients and their families by supporting them to stay in their homes.