Volunteering in healthcare
Sue Ryder's vision is to create a world where everyone has access to personalised and compassionate care. Providing one-to-one, tailored services is key to making sure that our service users can choose how they live, right through to the end.
Volunteers support service users in our hospices and neurological care centres in all sorts of ways - from enabling participation in leisure activities to offering completary therapies, providing transport for an appointment to serving refreshments to visiting family members and friends, our volunteers contribute directly to the care Sue Ryder delivers.
Being a befriender is a rewarding role; while supporting our service users you'll see direct the positive impact of your commitment. You can also develop your confidence and widen your social circle.
Befriending and buddying can involve volunteers supporting service users by:
- providing companionship and conversation
- enabling individuals to maintain hobbies and interests
- running occasional errands
- helping access local community activities and resources
- sign-posting to other services where appropriate
Several of our centres can offer work experience placements to students preparing to study medicine. Ask at your local centre for more details about opportunities. Please note that volunteers are not involved in providing personal or clinical care.
Sue Ryder healthcare teams are underpinned by other departments working together, and volunteer opportunities are also available in:
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- admin and reception
- patient transport
- flower arranging