To enable us to continue to provide the service that we do we are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming a volunteer with us. We are not recruiting Bereavement Support Volunteers at the moment, but we do need help with fundraising and other admin tasks.
"I would like to be a Bereavement Support Volunteer in Leeds."
Our Bereavement Support Volunteers (BSVs) support our clients on a 1:1 basis following a bereavement. BSVs usually train to deliver support face to face in the first instance, but there are opportunities to also support people by phone or in groups. The BSV role also includes other tasks to enable the service to run smoothly, such as responding to initial requests and involvement in fundraising.
Many of our volunteers use their volunteering as a work experience 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 BSV role requires people 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 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 recieve ongoing training to help you continuously progress. Our volunteers say that the biggest reward they get from the role is seeing our clients develop coping strategies, process their feelings and re-establish a day to day routine.
To become a volunteer, you must be successful at with the following steps.
- Fill out and return an application form, (this will be available when our next round of recruitment begins).
- Attend a pre-course interview to assess your suitability for the training course and find out if Cruse is the right place for you to donate your time. This will be a good time to ask more questions about the work that happens at Cruse.
- Attend the initial 3 day training, 2 additional training days to focus on face-to-face support and 2 additional mandatory modules.
- Submit and pass a portfolio.
- Attend a post-course interview to ensure you are ready to begin seeing clients.
- Be deemed a suitable person to work with vulnerable adults through a 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. There is likely to be a change to this fee in 2018.
OTHER VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
We are recruiting volunteers to act as 'Welcomers' at the office and the drop-in we run twice monthly at the Robert Ogden Centre in the grounds of St James Hospital. This role is suitable for people who may not want to train as a Bereavement Support Volunteer, but who would like to help in the running of the service. Contact us for more details.
If you would like to get involved with Cruse but aren't ready yet to commit to the role of bereavement support, how about offering to raise funds for us? This can be through fun activities or a challenge. We've got people running marathons, half marathons and 10k; doing sponsored swims; one brave soul has done a zip wire challenge and another is climbing Scafell Pike! With the summer ahead (hoping for good weather), you could hold a barbecue or street party and ask for contributions from friends. Please get in touch for a fundraising pack.