Marie Curie Cancer Care
The Marie Curie Helper service is provided by trained volunteers who offer one-to-one support to people with a terminal illness (cancer and other illnesses), completely free of charge. This support may continue for their carers and families after bereavement.
Marie Curie Helper volunteers support people in their homes, offering a few hours of their time each week to provide a listening ear and companionship; give families and carers a short break from their caring role; offer practical support, such as accompanying individuals to appointments or simply going out for a coffee; or help with sourcing information on other available support. A Marie Curie Helper does not provide any nursing or medical care or advice.
Our Helper volunteers are provided with training and support to enable them to undertake their roles. Our Helpers undertake their roles within approximately 10 radius of their own home and are required for 3 hours per week. Volunteers are invited to attend a 2 hour information session following which they meet with the service manager for a selection interview. Successful volunteers are then invited to a 2 and a half day training programme. Ongoing training and supportive events take place throughout the year.
A minimum commitment of 1 year is required. Travel is reimbursed.