Childrens Hospices Across Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC019724

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. We offer care for the whole family in our two children's hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. We also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.

We are currently supporting over 300 families, as well as significant number of families who receive bereavement support. Our services are funded mainly through the generousity of our many supporters who help us to raise over £9million needed each year to provide these hospice services.


Current opportunities

What activities will I be involved in? - Your initial introductory visit will be with a member of staff, but you will then visit unaccompanied - Supporting families with ‘everyday’ tasks – these will vary and be dependent on the family’s needs, and the skills you bring. They may include; Housekeeping – hoovering, ironing, changing beds, general tidying Practical Sibling Support - collecting siblings from school/clubs within walking distance of their home, assisting with homework, spending time with siblings/play Meal Preparation - batch cooking or supporting families to cook (this does require specific training, which we will provide) - Other; gardening, dog-walking, basic DIY eg. helping with flat-pack furniture - Develop positive relationships with families, being respectful of their home and belongings - Immediately communicate any concerns which may arise about a families wellbeing, including child protection concerns - Be respectful of sensitive and confidential medical and personal information regarding the children and families accessing our services Families supported by CHAS are often under a lot of strain, and caring for a child with a life-limiting condition can take a lot of the family’s time and attention. Often other household tasks, and family life, can become more difficult to manage, and can begin to feel overwhelming. This role makes a direct and instant difference to families. Please feel welcome to contact Jack Daniels, Home Support Lead (East), on 07824 457767 or jackdaniels@chas.org.uk if you have any questions, or would like to discuss the role.

CHAS runs a number of charity shops across Scotland, selling donated stock as well as new goods to raise the vital funds required to care for children and their families. You will be volunteering within our retail team, assisting with stock management to ensure that donations are efficiently sorted and stored so that the shop is always well stocked. What activities will I be involved in? - Working within a small team to sort, hang and size - Steaming clothes - Pricing items under supervision - Assisting with stock rotation - Making sure all stock is in safe and working order - Keeping the stock room clean, tidy and well organised What are the potential benefits to me? - Learning new skills - Getting involved in your local community and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition - Adding to your CV - Meeting new people If you are interested in volunteering for your Duke of Edinburgh please get in touch with Sarah Stephen on 07484 534 134 or volunteering@chas.org.uk to check availability What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? By selling goods in the shops, you are directly raising the funds that enables us to support children with a life-shortening condition and their family. CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers, free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improves the quality of care we provide, helps us reach more families and children, and maximises a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise. We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information about your eligibility to volunteer and any reasonable adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one.

Housekeeping volunteers are an essential part of the Rachel House Housekeeping Team. We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic people who take a pride in maintaining a homely environment, to join our team.The aim of this role is to work within a team to keep the hospice clean, tidy and welcoming. The Hospice should be a home from home for children and families who come to the hospice for rest and relaxation. What activities will I be involved in? - Light housework - Vacuuming - Assisting in the cleaning of low level windows - At times there may also be the opportunity to support the team with specific tasks such as: - General cleaning of bathrooms - Laundry - Cleaning of rooms - Tidying the art room, computer rooms and play areas - Toy cleaners work specifically within the Activities Team keeping toys clean and hygienic What are the benefits to me? - Learning new skills - Using your existing skills - Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition - Adding to your CV - Meeting new people - Having fun! What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? - Children and families will receive a homely welcome and a clean, tidy environment to help them feel relaxed in the hospice. - Children we support are clinically vulnerable so having a clean, safe environment is crucial to their care This role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). There is a simple form to complete and we will assist you with this. You may already have a PVG form – if so you will only need to complete an update form. The process won’t cost you anything and having a criminal record will not automatically exclude you from volunteering. We will assess each applicant on an individual basis. If you would like additional information about the role please call 01577 866065 or email volunteering@chas.org.uk. If you’re interested in the role you can apply online

At CHAS we care for children throughout Scotland and we're here for the whole family. Whether at home, in hospital, or visiting us at Rachel or Robin House, we'll give families the care and support they need, when they need it. Driving is a big part of keeping CHAS running smoothly. Our retail driver’s help deliver items for sale in the shops, they also ensure our vehicles are safe and cover many thousands of miles every year. What activities will I be involved in? - Driving CHAS vehicles/your own car - Collecting/delivering items between CHAS sites and supporters - Loading and unloading vehicles - General maintenance and checks, cleaning and refuelling vehicles What are the potential benefits to me? - Learning new skills - Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition - Adding to your CV - Meeting new people - Having fun! If you are interested in volunteering for your Duke of Edinburgh please get in touch with Sarah Stephen on 07484 534 134 or volunteering@chas.org.uk to check availability What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? As a national charity it is vital that CHAS has excellent transport links. Drivers ensure the CHAS retail van is fuelled, clean and in good condition ready for the team to visit CHAS sites and transport stock. By transporting stock for sale you are enabling CHAS to raise funds to support children with a life-shortening condition. The funds raised allow us to develop our service to children and families, ensuring they get the care and support they need. CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers, free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improves the quality of care we provide, helps us reach more families and children, and maximises a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise. We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information about your eligibility to volunteer and any reasonable adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one.