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Noah's Ark Children's Hospice - Home Support Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

We help babies, children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families, make the most of every day. And we support those who die young to do so in as much comfort as possible, surrounded by family. We are here to enable those we support to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients; as families, not just as carers.


We are one of the UK’s leading children’s hospices, providing care for over 350 children and their families every year. We believe that every baby, child, and young person who is seriously unwell, and their loved ones, should have access to expert and compassionate palliative care from the moment of diagnosis.


Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Home Support Volunteers provide families with social and practical support to families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the community.

Main Activities/Tasks:

  • With Parents/whole family: Supporting outings, driving to medical appointments, helping with light housework such as laundry and ironing, gardening and mowing the lawn
  • With Siblings: playing, sharing hobbies and activities, helping with homework or reading, going on local outings
  • With Noah’s Ark Children: playing, sharing hobbies, doing sensory or developmental play activities, helping with homework or reading
  • One-off requests: Such as helping pack for moving house, decorating for Christmas, cleaning a home for a child’s hospital return, or painting a garden fence


Training will be completed at The Ark, Byng Road, Barnet, EN5 4NP.

When volunteering, we have families to support in the following areas: Edgeware, Harrow, Tottenham, Enfield, Wood Green, Islington, Hampstead, Hendon. Volunteer preferences taken into account.

Time Commitment: Variable depending on the families needs and volunteers availability, usually 1-2 hours every week/fortnight.

Skills Required:

  • Experience of working with children, young people, or families is desirable but not essential
  • Ability to work well with others, follow instructions, and be part of a team
  • Empathy and understanding of the work
  • Good communication skills
  • A good level of self-awareness
  • Initiative and problem solving skills

Additional Benefits:

  • Substantial training provided including Safeguarding Training, a Core Module including learning more about children’s hospice care, and a module specific to Home Support.
  • Quarterly Supervision sessions in groups with a Volunteer Manager to support each other, share thoughts and feelings about your experiences, and get any help or ask any questions that you need.
  • Volunteer social events such as quizzes, coffee mornings, invitations to Bubbly & Brunch events.
  • Volunteering Hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award

  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?
  • Would you like to sign-up for a weekly volunteering Newsletter?