Namaste Care Service Volunteer | St Joseph's Hospice

Namaste Care Service Volunteer

What is Namaste Care?

The word ‘Namaste’ means to ‘honour the spirit within’. Namaste Care is a support programme designed to improve the quality of life for people living with advanced dementia and their families. It offers person-centred care, social and emotional support through meaningful activities and sensory stimulation.

Namaste Care in East London - making a real difference to your community

The Namaste Care Service is free for people living with dementia in City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Our trained and supervised volunteers visit people regularly to provide Namaste Care in their own homes; in nursing and care homes; in hospitals; and in the hospice. No previous experience required for this very rewarding role - full training and support will be provided.

Our volunteers carry out activities such as:
  • giving hand massage

  • making a memory box

  • playing favourite music

  • reading favourite books/poems

  • encouraging gentle movement

Who can be a Namaste volunteer?
We would love to hear from you if you have:
  • a couple of hours per week available

  • good listening, communication and empathy skills

  • an interest in supporting people in your community who are living with dementia

  • can commit to a minimum of six months active volunteering with the Namaste Care Service

Benefits include:
  • Opportunity to make a difference to the lives of both the individual and their family

  • Opportunity to learn new skills / develop existing skills

  • Opportunity to be creative in developing person-centred activities

  • Free training

  • On-going support from your service co-ordinator and peer group

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses

  • Provision of a reference (after minimum 6 months of active volunteering)

This two-day training course is usually run every two months. The next dates are:
  • Day 1: Tuesday 7th April 2020, 10am – 4pm
  • Day 2: Wednesday 8th April 2020, 10am – 4pm

We keep in regular contact with our volunteers and once a month we hold support meetings at the Hospice - 'Share and Reflect' meetings. This is an opportunity to meet up with other volunteers, as well as with the service coordinators to share experiences and ideas and support each other. The meetings are really valuable and are a part of the volunteer's role. They are currently held once a month on Wednesday afternoons, from 4.30pm to 6pm.

How to volunteer

To become a Namaste volunteer you must be at least 17 years of age, and will need to complete a volunteer recruitment process. To do this you will need to:
  • complete an online application form
  • provide two referees
  • complete a DBS (criminal record) check
  • attend the Hospice volunteers core training day
  • attend a two-day Namaste Volunteer training course
  • attend an interview with a Namaste Care Coordinator

To talk to somebody about this role, contact the Namaste Care Team on 020 8525 3165.



We would like to hear from you