Where

St Christopher’s Hospice, Lawrie park Road, London SE26 6DZ

When

We are looking for volunteers drivers who are available to work between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. (Various times/shifts available)

Companions will mostly be needed on Mondays and Tuesdays at various times, but any days will be helpful.

Organisation

St Christopher’s Hospice was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders and formed part of the modern hospice movement. Proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary and with a turnover of over £20 million, we provide invaluable care and support to over 6,000 people across the five London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

Purpose/Objective of the Role

There are many reasons why our patients need transport to be provided. In the first instance where possible we encourage our patients to make their own transport arrangements. If patients are not able drive, use public transport or receive help from family, friends, neighbours or carers we can offer to assist. We can also provide help to those who have poor mobility and cannot get in to a car easily. Our minibus has a passenger lift and can transport wheelchair users. Essential training is given to volunteers who help/assist anyone with mobility issues.

We are looking for volunteers to help with patient transport in three different ways

  • Driver’s companion. No driving involved. Sitting and chatting to patients on the journey and helping them in and out of their homes and the car or van
  • Minibus driver. We need someone who is willing to drive our minibus and transport patients to and from the hospice
  • Car driver. Using your own car to take patients to and from the hospice

Tasks/Duties Involved

  • Driving one of the fleet of vehicles or using your own vehicle if appropriate.
  • Helping patients on and off our vehicles.
  • Assisting those who need help in and out of their home.
  • Following procedures with regard to moving and handling persons/wheelchair users etc.
  • Engaging with and supervising patients during their journey. Being a friendly face and a listening ear.
  • Escorting the patients on the journeys as and when needed
  • For the role of Driver we would need you to have a full clean driving license. There are also certain requirements that would need to be met with regards to your license but these will be discussed at interview
  • Enthusiasm
  • Compassionate listener and clear communicator
  • Emotional resilience in the face of the difficult circumstances that can affect people at the end of life
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good team player
  • Ability to follow our policies and procedures to keep you, our staff, our patients safe
  • Ability to represent St Christopher’s and our values positively

Training and Support Offer

  • Those wishing to become a volunteer with St. Christopher’s will need to attend our volunteer induction training course. This will give you a full appreciation of St. Christopher’s and introduce you to all areas and roles of Patient and Family Support volunteering open to you.
  • If patient transport is your chosen area more specific training will be given for that role.

Benefits of Volunteering to Individual

  • Join an enthusiastic team of people and get more involved in your local community.
  • Make new friends and acquaintances.
  • Use and develop your skills.
  • Know you are helping people in your local community have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

Next Steps

There is a short settling in period to see if the role is right for you. You must be 18 years old or over to do this role and the role of Driver may require you to be 21.

The volunteer role will be agreed with you following successful completion of an interview, mandatory training, references obtained and a DBS check. For more information please contact Alison Hunt A.Hunt@StChristophers.org.uk

Application Process

To register your interest, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form . If you have any questions call Aparna on 07378342131