Hospice Chaplaincy Volunteer

St Luke's Hospice

Name: Hospice Chaplaincy Volunteer
Organisation: St Luke's Hospice
Location: St Lukes Hospice, Turnchapel, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 9XA
Type: Part Time


(21+) As a member of the St Luke's Hospice Chaplaincy team, volunteers help to provide pastoral and spiritual support to in-patients, families and staff within the In-Patient Unit at Turnchapel. Typically, having received training from St Luke's and the Chaplaincy, to visit the IPU for one half-day session per week, visiting on the wards and throughout the Unit.

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Organisation Description

St Luke's provides specialist palliative care for patients with progressive incurable life-limiting illness who have complex symptoms and psychosocial needs requiring the input of a multiprofessional palliative care team. Inpatient care at the hospice may be offered to those who have needs that at the present time require assessment, treatment and monitoring as an inpatient. Care is offered not on the basis of specific diagnosis (e.g. cancer), but on the basis of specialist needs.

The Hospice also provides terminal care, i.e. care for those in the last days of life, when such care cannot be adequately provided in a community setting (home or Nursing Home).


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Cause / Interests

  • Elderly
  • Religion

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications


- Sensitivity to the needs of others in highly emotionally charged situations.
- Friendliness and approachability.
- Good communication skills, particularly active listening, and written and oral reporting.
- Respect for views, values and cultures that are different to their own.
- An understanding of, and commitment to, the concept of medical confidentiality.
- Previous experience of general pastoral or hospital visiting would be an advantage.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 21
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Travel
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Yes
Offer: Support
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, DBS Check, Interview