Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care is looking to recruit volunteer sitters in the Bude area for an exciting new project aimed at providing support for palliative care patients receiving end-of-life care at home. The idea is to allow carers and family members to take short breaks.   

The volunteer sitters will be asked to stay with a patient for up to two hours at a time to allow the carer, who is often a family member, to take a break, rest, or go out for a while, safe in the knowledge the person has someone with them. The presence of a volunteer for company, making tea or offering a listening ear can make a huge difference for both the patient and their carer, by reducing stress and feelings of isolation.

The project will run as a pilot for six months starting in October. The role doesn’t entail any personal care, feeding, cooking or housework and full training will be provided by Cornwall Hospice Care.

Gill Shipsides, who is a volunteer at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and Chair of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Bude and North Cornwall Fundraising Group, says of the Sitting Service;

“I welcome this initiative and am sure that this vital service will provide tremendous support within our community for those caring for patients in our local area of Bude and Stratton in North Cornwall. This area can feel very distant and even isolated from the two adult hospices and the major hospital in Cornwall and this is a wonderful boost for the well-being of patients and their carers and families.”

Becky Rust is the Volunteer Coordinator for Cornwall Hospice Care;

“Potential volunteers for the project need to be caring, empathetic, non-judgemental and reliable individuals, with a respect for patient privacy and confidentiality, and a calm, common sense approach.  If you live in the Bude area and are interested in volunteering, please do call me for a chat on 01726 874063'.”