CHAS introduces Home Support roles in the North-east

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is expanding its services in the North East by introducing innovative Home Support Volunteer roles, helping families caring for a child with a life-shortening condition.

By Kevin McRoberts
Friday, 15th January 2021, 7:00 am
Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is looking for volunteers to provide practical support to vulnerable families.
Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is looking for volunteers to provide practical support to vulnerable families.

Scotland’s national hospice service for children will be matching volunteers to a suitable local family to enable them to provide practical support to vulnerable families.

Tasks will vary depending on the individual family’s needs but could include supporting siblings, helping with practical tasks around the house and also providing vital emotional support through companionship and relationship building.

Carrie Watt, CHAS Home Support Lead in the North East, said: “We are thrilled to be able to launch this unique service and offer vulnerable families practical and emotional support in the comfort of their own homes.

“This is a service that families told us they would benefit from so we’ve listened and shaped these roles accordingly.

“We are looking for individuals who are 18 or over with a compassionate nature, good listening skills and the ability to be flexible and reliable. As a CHAS Home Support Volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and supported and continue to receive regular support and supervision.

“Further benefits will include learning new skills, meeting new people, increasing self-esteem and confidence as well as most importantly, making a real, tangible difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.”

Volunteers would be expected to make a commitment of at least a year to visit families within their own homes once a week for a minimum of 2-4 hours. Visits can take place during the day, as well as in the evenings and during the weekend.

If you’re interested in the role, go to CHAS volunteer roles.