St Ann’s Hospice appeals for volunteer therapists

St Ann’s Hospice

St Ann’s Hospice in south Manchester is appealing for experienced complementary therapists interested in volunteering their time to help patients.

Support is needed from volunteers qualified to provide patients, their families and carers with aromatherapy, Indian head massage, reflexology, therapeutic massage or reiki.

Emma Barclay, Rehabilitation Team Leader, at the hospice, said: “At St Ann’s we care for our patients in many different ways to ensure we’re meeting each of their individual needs.

“Some of our patients benefit from receiving complementary therapies, and we have a team of staff who provide these across our three hospice sites.

“We already have some experienced volunteers who kindly donate their time to support the delivery of our therapies across our sites.

“However, as we support hundreds of patients every year, we are looking for the help of even more volunteers who can help staff by providing therapies to people from across Greater Manchester.”

St Ann’s cares for local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses from its three sites in Heald Green, Salford and at the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, and also via community services delivered in people’s own homes.

Emma added: “We’d love to hear from anyone qualified in any of the disciplines mentioned, with a minimum of one year’s experience, who would be interested in joining the team as a volunteer. A full induction will be provided to any successful applicants.

“It is a really rewarding role, especially when you see the tangible impact the therapies have on a patient’s wellbeing.”

For more information, or to apply to be a complementary therapy volunteer, please contact Kathy Collins, Volunteer Manager at the hospice, on 0161 498 3653 or email