Posted January 25, 2024
Organisation St Wilfrid's Hospice
As part of our Bereavement Support Service we are looking for Children's Seahorse Project Volunteers
Where: Face to Face, via secure online platform (Zoom)
When: 2-4 clients per week – (weekends preferred or after school hours 4-7pm)
DBS: Enhanced with adult and child barring check required
Qualifications: An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (end of first year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.
Closing date: Monday 25th March 2024
About the role:
We are looking for Bereavement Support Volunteers for our Children’s Seahorse Project. The Bereavement Service offers 1:1 brief intervention support (typically a 6 session model) to pre- and recently bereaved, including those who have not been previously known to hospice services.
Your skills, abilities and qualifications:
An accredited counselling qualification, to be in the 2nd year of a diploma or degree in counselling (first year students will be considered), a social work qualification with appropriate counselling experience or significant relevant other experience.
Experience of bereavement training (& some counselling hours)
Completed some working online counselling training
Some experience with working with children and young people
Strong interpersonal skills, especially empathy & sensitivity
Flexibility to respond to the needs of the service (including IT updates)
An awareness of the importance of client confidentiality
Meet with allocated clients on a one-to-one basis
Participate in regular monthly supervision group meetings, in accordance with best practice
Attend the hospice organisational induction, and relevant initial training for the role, as organised by Counselling lead and DPFS
You are also asked to complete a covering letter containing answers to the following questions:
What attracts you to hospice and bereavement work?
Looking at our values, how have you demonstrated these in your life?
How do you think people can benefit from bereavement support?
What have you learnt about yourself in your first year of training and how might that help you to support someone in their bereavement?
Have you completed any additional counselling workshops or training in a related field?
We will also require a letter of competence to be included and your BACP or equivalent number with the membership expiry date.
Please return: your cover letter, BACP or equivalent number with expiry date and letter of competence by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by post, or drop it in next time you’re at the hospice before the closing date.
Please be aware successful applicants are required to attend introductory training (date and time TBC).