Marie Curie Helper Service

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We know that little things can make a big difference for people and their families living with a terminal illness – like having someone to chat to over a cup of tea. You will be matched with someone who you’ll visit in their home, go out somewhere with or chat to over the phone. You can offer your time any day of the week, between 9am and 9pm, so that you can find a time that works for you and the individual that you are supporting.

The type of support our Helper volunteers give often includes:
• Companionship and emotional support
• Practical help
• A break for families and carers
• Information on other support available
•Support after a bereavement.

Volunteers need to be aged 18 years or over, live in Lothian and commit at least three hours each week for a minimum of one year.

Due to Covid-19 all training is online at the moment. There is no face to face with clients at the moment, this is done virtually at present.

Contact Katie Wardlaw directly at

Organisation aims and objectives

To help people and their families living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.










Volunteers would have to commit at least 3 hours each week for at least 1 year.


Experience required: Marie Curie Helpers require patience, empathy and the ability to listen. Helper volunteers receive extensive training before they start, and then ongoing support throughout their time volunteering.
Travel details: The Helper service covers all of Midlothian and we will endeavour to match Volunteers with individuals who are within their part of town. The areas that volunteers can access or distance they are prepared to travel will be determined by where they live, if they have access to a car or will require to use public transport.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We will pay all reasonable travel expenses on a monthly basis. Mileage is given for car/motorcycle and bicycle users.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 21 hours ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.