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Sobell Companions

Up to 3 hours weekly

The role of a Sobell Companion is to provide companionship and practical support to patients on our ward and at home, helping to enhance their quality of life.

Skills and attributes required

  • To be able to actively listen without feeling a need to ‘fix it’
  • To be courteous, friendly and approachable
  • To enjoy meeting new people and be able to facilitate conversations that encourage and motivate individuals
  • Confidence to visit patients and carers in their own homes
  • A clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality
  • Awareness of procedures for safeguarding adults (training will be provided)
  • Willingness and flexibility to support patients who have a range of care needs
  • To be a non-smoker whilst performing your volunteer duties
  • To have a clean driving licence and be happy to take patients in your car if required
  • To work without direct supervision
  • To be comfortable relying on your own initiative and common sense but also recognising your own needs and knowing when to seek support

Volunteering duties

  • Visit patients and carers on the ward or at home at agreed times
  • Using telecommunications to contact patients at home
  • Talk to the patients about everyday topics and the patients’ interests and hobbies
  • Offer companionship and a listening ear to patients and carers
  • Offer practical support to patients to reengage in their crafts or hobbies as required
  • Practical help with small household chores if required e.g. washing up
  • Sitting with patients to enable carers to have time to relax or to go out of the house
  • Complete a brief summary of the support provided after each home visit
  • Assist with legacy work/letter writing/recording of ‘life story’ if requested
  • To email a report to the Voluntary Services Coordinator promptly after each visit
  • To attend six monthly support and information meetings for Companions

Please note this role requires an enhanced DBS clearance and OUH Health Check. Successful candidates must agree to abide by Sobell House policies and procedures, code of practice and sign a volunteer agreement. You will be asked to provide some documentation relating to your car. The upper age limit for new volunteers who will be transporting patients is 75. Full training and induction will be provided.

Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to apply.