Children and Young People Bereavement Support Volunteer
Just ’B’ gives children, young people and adults a safe and confidential space to understand, express and cope with their grief. Our service supports children, young people and adults to find a way to manage their grief and embrace a future where they can live and remember that person in a healthy and positive way.
Volunteer Bereavement Support Workers enable us to help meet the ever- increasing need for our service by providing direct client support to a minimum of 4 clients. Each volunteer is asked to give this time within a set block per week, this could include Saturday mornings. Volunteers work 1:1 with a child or young person to offer bereavement support on a fortnightly basis.
Volunteers may also be asked to support events where appropriate e.g. the ‘Light up a Life’ memorial service.
Volunteers are required to undertake a thorough training programme before being assessed for their suitability for this role. The training course is entitled ‘Becoming a Bereavement Support Volunteer’, and comprises a combination of lecture-style delivery and interactive practical sessions in direct work, as part of the assessment process.
The training consists of 12 weekly training sessions with reading to be completed at home between sessions.
The development of volunteers’ skills is evaluated regularly through work, and the training course is followed by a 6-month settling-in period.
• To work as a volunteer member of the Bereavement Support Team to offer bereavement support to children and young people and their families
• To work collaboratively with members of the Bereavement Service, team, external professionals and organisations to enable the best possible continuity and support for clients
• To support Just ‘B’ staff at events where appropriate
• To attend monthly supervision sessions as arranged by the supervisor as part of a peer group session and individual sessions.
• To attend additional training sessions regularly, including Safeguarding of CYP and vulnerable adults.
• To maintain client records
• To carry out the role in accordance with the law, the Hospice philosophy, and the Hospice policies on equality of opportunity and collective responsibility, and other relevant professional guidelines.
Is this the right role for you?
• Ability to work both independently and as part of team
• Tact and diplomacy in dealing with a variety of situations
• Confidence in own ability to undertake a role that may be emotionally challenging at times
• Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
• Full understanding of and commitment to confidentiality
• Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity procedures