VOLUNTEER FACILITATED ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

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Further Information

Thank you for your interest in this project. Here are some further details. If you want to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Background
The Paul Sartori Foundation is a Pembrokeshire charity providing a range of hospice at home services across the county, free of charge

The role
We need volunteers who, after training, will be able to work one-to-one with patients and healthy members of the public to produce advance care plans. If you have not seen these already, you can find links to some examples at the foot of our Advance Care Planning page

We are looking for people who have experience of working (or volunteering) face to face with the public and handling sensitive conversations. Knowledge of, and experience in, health or social care is very useful, but not essential

 

The training
There will be 3 initial days of training  in Haverfordwest.  You will need to be able to attend all three days. These are relaxed sessions with a combination of talks, groups work and discussions.

If, after the training, you decide to proceed with being a Paul Sartori Foundation ACP Volunteer, we will provide induction training and the opportunity to shadow experienced ACP staff.  When you feel ready, we will start introducing you to people who want to write plans. You will have plenty of support for this. We will agree the level of support with each person on an individual basis.

We know from experience that volunteers might need a couple of further shorter sessions once they start dealing with real-life situations.

Eventually, we would like to match volunteers up with groups or organisations who are interested in ACP. For example: a local GP practice, care home or patient group

 

What if I decide this is not for me?
We appreciate that some people might not want to proceed with volunteering. Some previous trainees have decided not to formally volunteer with us, but have continued to promote ACP in their own communities in various ways.

 

I can’t volunteer with PSF, but this training would be really useful to me in my work/other volunteer role.
We will make some training places available to people who do not plan to volunteer with PSF, but can make good use of the training in other settings.

If this applies to you, we will need you to keep us notified of how you use the training. This is essential to meet the requirements of our funding. We would need to know for example how you feed back to colleagues and about any ACP conversations you have with clients/colleagues – however, informal. We will not need names or details.

 

DBS check and references
As this role can include working one-to-one with vulnerable adults, you would need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) check and supply 2 referees, if you decide to go ahead and volunteer with PSF.

 

How much time will I need to commit to this work?
We would  like people to commit at least 10 hours a month.  This would be at times to suit you.

We find that it takes on average 3 sessions to complete a plan, each about an hour long. Sometimes these sessions are spread over weeks or months. It is not usually the case that there is an urgent need for someone to write an ACP, so the timescale is usually quite relaxed. You would agree appointment times that suit both you and the person you are working with

 

Expenses
The training is provided free of charge, with no obligation to continue with the project. We cannot cover your travel expenses for this, but we will reimburse expenses incurred in volunteering. Use of a private car is reimbursed at 45p a mile. Public transport costs would be reimbursed in full on production of reasonable proof of expenditure.

For further information about volunteering please contact:

Luke on 07908 860061 or luke@paulsartori.org