Our Young Ambassadors programme offers the chance for young people interested in pursuing a career in medicine, healthcare or charity fundraising to gain a first-hand insight into the hospice sector by working alongside our experienced team.
Offering you the opportunity to develop new skills and broaden your knowledge by learning from our clinical and fundraising teams, our Young Ambassadors programme will not only enhance your college, university or job application, but will give you transferable skills through direct engagement with our patients, families and other volunteers.
Some of the benefits of becoming a St Clare Young Ambassador:
- Gaining valuable work experience to improve your future chances of employment
- Learning how to work in a team
- Developing social skills, building self-confidence and self-esteem
- Helping to break down barriers between generations
- Feeling valued in a role that helps to improve the lives of people in your community.
Our Young Ambassadors programme is open to students aged 16 to 17 at the start of Year 12 or 13, and we can offer you experience in two diverse roles to complement your career aspirations.
The roles available
Inpatient Unit – You will work alongside our existing volunteers to help attend to the non-clinical needs of our patients. This may include sitting with patients, chatting or reading to them, as well as preparing snacks and drinks. The role also entails greeting visitors to the Inpatient Unit, answering the main reception door and taking messages on behalf of the clinical staff.
This role requires a commitment of two hours after school once a week, or at the weekends, from July 2016 to July 2017.
You can read the full role description here.
Fundraising – You will work alongside our fundraising team to help generate vital income for our charity by organising fundraising events throughout the year. The role also includes raising awareness of St Clare among your peers, promoting the value of the Hospice and its work supporting local people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses and their loved ones.
For more information about the role, contact our Voluntary Services team.
Your commitment to St Clare
As part of our Young Ambassadors programme, we expect you to:
- Attend two one-day induction and training sessions. These will take place on two Saturdays during May 2016.
- Complete training modules in patient boundaries, confidentiality, reflective practice, communication skills and food hygiene.
- Be reliable, dependable and punctual.
- Adhere to current St Clare policies and procedures.
- Be flexible and adaptable when required.
Our commitment to you
We pledge to provide our Young Ambassadors with:
- Experience of a recruitment and interview process.
- Access to excellent induction and training.
- Practical experience of volunteering in a Hospice setting.
- Academic and practical experience of reflective practice.
- Insight of team working.
- Ongoing support and supervision, including allocating a mentor for the duration of your time with us.
At the end of the project, you will receive a reference and a certificate to validate your experience at the Hospice and demonstrate your achievements while at St Clare to future employers, colleges and universities.