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Becoming a Life’s Questions Volunteer

St Nicholas Hospice Care is looking for volunteers who can give young people the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about dying, death and bereavement within a school or community setting.

Life’s Questions is a Hospice-led initiative that we hope will improve a young person’s resilience and understanding now and in the future, by having these difficult conversations at an early age.

Since this initiative began, 42 sessions have been delivered, with a further 20 awareness events facilitated, in total more than 750 young people have had the chance to talk openly in a safe space about topics adults can often find difficult to speak about.

These non-judgemental sessions are about getting young people to recognise that everyone is different and that everyone copes with things in different ways. Conversations don’t just focus on death, young people are encouraged to talk about different kinds of loss, perhaps people moving away or divorce.

What we need from our volunteers

• You don’t need any formal qualifications

• You need to be outgoing and confident with various age groups

• Have good questioning and listening skills

• Have a non-judgemental approach to young people and teenage viewpoints

• All volunteers will undergo training after successfully completing pre-volunteering checks including a DBS check at an enhanced level.

Please join us at one of our volunteer open events

The Hospice is hosting four open events welcoming anyone with an interest in learning more. These take place in February and March, please use our form below to indicate your wish to join us. Refreshments will be provided.

Venue details

We are holding our events at a variety of venues:

  • St Nicholas Hospice Care
    Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QY. Parking is free on-site.
  • Chapel Pond Hill
    Donation Centre, Unit 4A & B, Chapel Pond Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7HT. Parking is available on the road outside as parking is very limited on site.

  • Haverhill Hub
    St Nicholas Hospice Care Haverhill Hub, Camps Road, Haverhill CB9 8HB (next to Haverhill Library). Parking is available to the rear of the building in Lower Downs Slade Car Park, CB9 9DP.

 

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