Jigsaw Day Helpers will assist with the running of Jigsaw Days and other activities run by the Jigsaw project.
The Jigsaw Project is a counselling service for young adults and children who have experienced grief, loss and bereavement, around life-limiting illnesses and palliative care, unexpected or sudden death including suicide, road traffic accidents and murder.
Jigsaw Days are fun days to give bereaved children an opportunity to come together and take part in crafts and activities.
• setting up activities prior to events such as art and craft activities, water play activities, physical play equipment activities
• setting up refreshments and snacks
• welcoming/hosting attendees to an event and introducing activities/refreshments offered
• engaging with, listening to and supporting the attendees in accessing activities
• working flexibly and collaboratively with other volunteers and staff members to ensure attendees experience the full range of activities
• ensuring activities and the venue is tidied post event
This role will suit people who are…
• Calm and empathetic,
• Polite and sincere,
• Flexible and able to work as part of a team.
This role is ideal for people who wish to gain experience of working with and supporting children. It is also essential that you can demonstrate Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Professionalism, Choice and Reputation. They define who we are and what we do as a high quality care provider and high quality place to volunteer.
Good listening skills are paramount, with an interest and understanding of working with children.
Dates and times to be arranged with Child Counsellor but on an ad hoc basis.
Usually based at St Cuthbert's Hospice, Park House Road, Durham, DH1 3QF but Jigsaw Days can be held in various venues in County Durham.
Training and supervision for all activities will be offered by the Family Support Team.
We value our volunteers and want your experience to be both positive and fulfilling. We offer a comprehensive induction programme and any appropriate instruction, guidance or training to assist you in your volunteer role. We ask that any essential training is completed either prior to you starting with us or within three months of starting. You will have an opportunity to learn new skills, build social networks, share experiences and skills and be recognised for the contribution you make.
You could gain experience of working with and supporting children at a difficult time in their life.
You will be helping to make every day count for children affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement.