Marie Curie (Midlothian)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038734

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.

Current opportunities

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 training is still taking place on-line. Face to face visits are taking place with covid measures in place.

Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last. That's why the right care at the end of your life is so important. With other group members from your local area, you will organise fundraising events, collections and bring your community together in supporting Marie Curie. The group meets approximately every 6 weeks to organise 2-4 events per year. Due to Covid-19 at present all volunteer fundraising is being carried out virtually.

You need at least one year of experience in a similar role to be considered for this position. Coping with bereavement involves painful feelings, coming to terms with loss and making adjustments in life. We are looking for a volunteer counsellor to provide counselling support to relatives, carers and friends of patients who are terminally ill or who have died. We are looking for volunteer qualified and trainee counsellors to provide counselling support to individuals impacted by terminal illness. What we need you to do Your role will include some of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks: · Provide 2-4 counselling sessions per week for in-patients, day services and community services · Identify when the level of support may be beyond the scope of counselling and that other professional help may be needed · Identify and agree desired outcomes with the person being counselled and how these will be reviewed / achieved · To be supervised by a qualified external supervisor · Provide statistical records on a weekly basis to the hospice administration team · To follow Marie Curie policies, standards and procedures

At Marie Curie we value the voices of people who have lived experiences and believe they can help us achieve our strategic objective to ensure the best experience for people in death, dying and bereavement. We are looking for community engagement volunteers to work alongside our community engagement team · Engage with local community groups/services to raise awareness of the range of Marie Curie support services (including our national services) · Engage with and bring together people in communities (especially those who are poorly served by end of life care), to understand their experiences. · Support Marie Curie in co -designing and developing new and existing services to support people at the end of life or in their bereavement. · Feel confident in sharing their story and listening to others in an open and sensitive way.