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Marie Curie (East Lothian)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038743

We’re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.

We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. Our nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And we support people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from
trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.


Current opportunities

Use your skills to help our hospice. By carrying out complementary therapies on patients and carers you will help alleviate their physical and mental stress. We welcome a wide range of therapies including yoga, acupuncture, massage and reiki. It’s vital that you have completed an approved training scheme, be registered with a relevant regulatory body and have indemnity and liability insurance. Must be committed to the principles of palliative care and its application in practice. This role can either be based at our Edinburgh Hospice or at the Day Therapy Unit in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

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. As our Helper service is entirely based around the person who is terminally ill, how you spend your time with them really depends on what's needed at the time. We will provide training sessions to help you understand what's expected of you so you'll be prepared and confident in carrying out your role.

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 for around one hour to organise 2-4 events per year.

We are looking for volunteers to place and manage our static cans in your local area. You would visit premises on a regular basis building relationships with site contacts ensuring that boxes are well positioned and visible. After collecting you would collect, count and bank donations filling in the records required for the collection boxes.