Thank you for your interest in becoming a Cruse Bereavement Support Volunteer. Unfortunately we are not recruiting at the moment, but here is some information on the role of the Bereavement Support Volunteer at Cruse in Leeds.

Our volunteers support our clients following a bereavement on a 1:1 basis. With experience volunteers also offer support on a group basis, by telephone and by email. The Bereavement Support Volunteer role also includes tasks to help the service run smoothly, such as responding to initial enquiries, involvement in fundraising tasks and initial assessments.

Many of our volunteers use their experience as a work placement. If you are hoping to do this, we recommend you check with your college/university that volunteering with us meets the placement criteria.

The Bereavement Support Volunteer role requires volunteers who are passionate and committed. They will be required to offer around two to three hours a week to deliver support, plus time for monthly supervision (this is likely to take place in office hours), and attendance at workshops throughout the year. We ask that you take time to carefully consider if you have the time available to commit to a volunteering role with us.

In return for your commitment you will be supported through supervision to ensure your emotional wellbeing is protected and your skill development is supported. You will also receive ongoing training to help you continuously progress. Our volunteers say that the biggest reward they get from the work is seeing our clients develop coping strategies, process their feelings and move on from their feelings of grief.

To become a volunteer, you must be successful at the following steps.

- Fill out and return an application form, (this will be sent to you when we are recruiting).
- Attend a pre course interview to assess your suitability to the role and if Cruse is the right place for you. This will be a good time to ask more questions about the work that happens at Cruse.
- Attend the 3 day Cruse Foundation Training course, the 2 day module on face-to-face support, safeguarding training and submit a portfolio.
- Attend a post course interview to ensure you are ready to begin working with clients and an induction into the office.
- Be deemed a suitable person to work with vulnerable people through DBS check and further risk assessments if necessary.
- Attend a Cruse induction and meet your supervisor

The current training fee for prospective volunteers is £175 and the rest of the cost is subsidised by us.

I hope this information is useful and at some point in the future we will meet.

In the meantime, take care,

Sam