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Specialist palliative care and community services including befriending.


Current opportunities

Strathcarron Hospice’s vision is to provide specialist palliative care services and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and to promote the delivery of palliative care across this area. We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, respiratory, heart and neurological diseases. Our aim is to sustain, develop and deliver a full range of quality services – in-patient, day hospice, community, Hospice@Home, bereavement, pastoral care, lymphoedema, research and education. The focus of all our activity will be the patient, families and carers. We are a charity and our services are provided free of charge wherever they are needed – in people’s own homes, in hospitals and care homes and in the Hospice in Denny. Strathcarron Befrienders offer social support to individuals and families who are lonely and isolated as a result of declining health. Befrienders require references, and a PVG check will be carried out by the Hospice. A programme of training is provided, and befrienders are supervised and supported by experienced hospice staff. Befrienders will be matched within their local area where possible. Travelling expenses can be reimbursed where required. Befriending relationships vary according to individual need. In general the befriender will visit weekly either to offer companionship in the home, or to enable an activity out of the home. Befriending relationships are expected to continue to the end of the patient’s life if this is appropriate to the individual circumstances. It is common for the befriender to stay in touch with the patient’s family or carer to offer some support through bereavement. This is a really rewarding role for anyone interested in care. Initial training covers what to expect, boundaries, lone worker safety. Ongoing training includes communication skills, loss death and bereavement, spirituality, supporting a person with dementia, supporting a person with neurological disease, Stroke awareness, hand massage and relaxation, services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau etc. Training is arranged according to volunteers identified needs.

Strathcarron Hospice provides specialist palliative care and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, lung, heart or kidney failure and a range of non-malignant and neurological diseases. All our services are free and are provided when and where they are needed- in patients’ own homes, in hospitals and care homes and in our Hospice at Denny. We are passionate about providing high quality services, including: inpatient care; day care; specialist advice in the community; Hospice@Home; bereavement and pastoral care and lymphoedema. We are proud of the professionalism and expertise of our staff and their motivation to put each patient and family at the heart of everything we do. We are also actively involved in research and education in palliative care and we promote and influence the delivery of palliative care locally and beyond. The volunteers are one of Strathcarron Hospices greatest assets; we simply could not provide our care and services without them. Volunteers make an enormous difference both to the viability of the service and they also provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are currently looking to recruit volunteers for our Compassionate Neighbours project. The project involves ordinary people who help other ordinary people who are living with the challenges of deteriorating health or are carers, within their own communities. We are believers that small acts of help and kindness can make a big difference. There are a number of Volunteering Opportunities within Compassionate Neighbours, including the below role and others too. You will be working closely with Susan, Mandy and Abbe in our Community team, at times that suit you. Full support is given to all our volunteers. Publicity Volunteers assist us in Promoting Compassionate Communities in a variety of ways including speaking to community groups and local networks and holding presentations to garner further support. All you need to carry out this role is a little bit of free time, the ability to chat comfortably to members of the public, and compassion! We will provide full support and training, and pride ourselves in valuing our volunteers.

Strathcarron Hospice provides specialist palliative care and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, lung, heart or kidney failure and a range of non-malignant and neurological diseases. All our services are free and are provided when and where they are needed- in patients’ own homes, in hospitals and care homes and in our Hospice at Denny. We are passionate about providing high quality services, including: inpatient care; day care; specialist advice in the community; Hospice@Home; bereavement and pastoral care and lymphoedema. We are proud of the professionalism and expertise of our staff and their motivation to put each patient and family at the heart of everything we do. We are also actively involved in research and education in palliative care and we promote and influence the delivery of palliative care locally and beyond. The volunteers are one of Strathcarron Hospices greatest assets; we simply could not provide our care and services without them. Volunteers make an enormous difference both to the viability of the service and they also provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are currently looking to recruit volunteers for our Compassionate Neighbours project. The project involves ordinary people who help other ordinary people who are living with the challenges of deteriorating health or are carers, within their own communities. We are believers that small acts of help and kindness can make a big difference. There are a number of Volunteering Opportunities within Compassionate Neighbours, including the below role and others too. You will be working closely with Susan, Mandy and Abbe in our Community team, at times that suit you. Full support is given to all our volunteers. Information Input Volunteers will receive training and be provided to input information about local services onto a national database. We have gathered up all the info, and need some helping hands to pop in onto the ALISS database for others to access. It will be a valuable tool for our Befrienders and Daycare patients. You DO NOT have to be an IT whizz for this! Just be able to type and happy to pop along to an initial guidance session. All you need to carry out this role is a little bit of free time, the ability to chat comfortably to members of the public, and compassion! We will provide full support and training, and pride ourselves in valuing our volunteers.

Strathcarron Hospice provides specialist palliative care and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, lung, heart or kidney failure and a range of non-malignant and neurological diseases. All our services are free and are provided when and where they are needed- in patients’ own homes, in hospitals and care homes and in our Hospice at Denny. We are passionate about providing high quality services, including: inpatient care; day care; specialist advice in the community; Hospice@Home; bereavement and pastoral care and lymphoedema. We are proud of the professionalism and expertise of our staff and their motivation to put each patient and family at the heart of everything we do. We are also actively involved in research and education in palliative care and we promote and influence the delivery of palliative care locally and beyond. The volunteers are one of Strathcarron Hospices greatest assets; we simply could not provide our care and services without them. Volunteers make an enormous difference both to the viability of the service and they also provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are currently looking to recruit volunteers for our Compassionate Neighbours project. The project involves ordinary people who help other ordinary people who are living with the challenges of deteriorating health or are carers, within their own communities. We are believers that small acts of help and kindness can make a big difference. There are a number of Volunteering Opportunities within Compassionate Neighbours, including the below role and others too. You will be working closely with Susan, Mandy and Abbe in our Community team, at times that suit you. Full support is given to all our volunteers. As an Information Gathering Volunteer you will help to gather information on a variety of opportunities and support networks in your local area, in order to provide up to date information for others. All you need to carry out this role is a little bit of free time, the ability to chat comfortably to members of the public, and compassion! We will provide full support and training, and pride ourselves in valuing our volunteers.