Therapeutic Massage Volunteer (British Red Cross)

Causeway Coast & Glens

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 time
  •  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 service users.
  • 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 we make.
  • 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 themselves
  • 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 appropriate level
  • 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 like-minded people
  • 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.

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