The aim of the therapeutic
Massage Volunteer through the Support at Home service is to place the person at
the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering
positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for a few days or
for longer, depending on their needs.
As a therapeutic massage volunteer, you'll
soon see the beneficial effects of your treatment on those you help. For those
who may be bereaved, caring for a sick relative or facing health problems, a
simple therapeutic massage and friendly chat can make a world of difference. By
providing gentle hand, arm and shoulder massage, we help promote a sense of
well-being and relaxation in people during times of personal crisis. The
massage, given through clothing, can also assist in pain and stress relief.
Do you have a 'hands-on'
approach to helping people? Our volunteers provide gentle massage to vulnerable
people in stressful situations, helping them to relax and reducing their pain.
Your role might include:
providing gentle hand, neck and shoulder massage,
given through clothing.
Visiting the service user on their arrival
home from hospital
Keeping someone company for a few hours at a
Helping with practical tasks like shopping,
collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation
Sitting with the service user and relieving
the relative or carer of continuous care
Keeping paper records of contact and
activities undertaken with the service user
helping reduce stress and pain
What skills and training do
our volunteers have?
Our volunteers have good
interpersonal skills and an understanding of the differing physical needs of
All our volunteers also
receive regular skills refresher training.
What we are looking for:
We keep the beneficiary at
the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference
You need to have good
interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills and full training
can be given for any necessary technical requirements.
Sensitivity when working with people
vulnerable to crisis and an interest in their well-being
An ability to provide
patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help
An understanding of the differing physical
needs of service users
Ability to work independently and as an
effective member of a team
Willingness to attend volunteer induction and
appropriate training for the role
This role requires a police check to the
Uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International
Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhering to the Society’s Equal Opportunities
Policy What we offer
Benefits for you:
The chance to work with a
variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real
difference to their lives
Recognition of the skills
and experience you bring to the organisation with additional training given as
required, so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence
A great opportunity to
develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
The company of a warm and friendly team of
Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket
expenses when on duty
Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross
means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian
organisation, and one of our 13 million volunteers across the world.