Where: In the homes of clients across Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area and at our Hospice in Wayfield Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LW and based at the Hospice for bereavement support events.

When: Days and times are negotiable according to a client’s needs plus monthly and quarterly bereavement support events.

Usual minimum. commitment:

  • On average up to 12 home visits per client, usually lasting an hour.
  • To support Martlets bereavement groups: Quarterly Time to Remember group and a monthly Social Evening throughout the year
  • To participate in a monthly supervision group
  • Time and commitment to be agreed with Counselling and Bereavement Service Manager and service administrator

What you’ll be doing:

  • Establish face to face contact with a bereaved person usually within the first few months of their bereavement
  • To develop a supportive relationship with that person that enables them to talk about their bereavement, their feelings and any other issues raised relating to their changed circumstances and bereavement
  • To maintain appropriate records of visits, informing the hospice team before and each time a client is visited and ensure records are kept/left in a designated file at the hospice
  • To attend monthly supervision meetings and feedback issues raised by the visits within supervision sessions
  • To work sensitively and appropriately within the environment of the bereaved person’s own home and their family and possible other professionals involved with the person.
  • To help and offer support to the bereaved at the bereavement service group

What’s in it for you:

We will provide you with an induction, formal and informal training sessions, and the opportunity to work within a small and friendly team.

  • Specialised ongoing training
  • Support and supervision in your role
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses (inc travel and parking costs)
  • Access to organisational resources 

Your skills and abilities:

  • To have an understanding of the needs of the recently bereaved
  • To be able to work with people who may be in great distress
  • To be able to listen supportively with empathy and be there for the emotional needs of the bereaved client
  • To have insight and awareness of the work of a Hospice - Ideally to have experience in palliative care/death & dying/bereavement experience but not essential
  • To recognise one’s own personal boundaries and limitations within the role of being a Bereavement Support Volunteer and liaise with members of the Bereavement Support Team as appropriate
  • To have a non-judgemental, accepting and emotionally mature approach to working with clients


  • Volunteers need to successfully complete Martlets Bereavement Support Volunteers’ training course - Training is on a Friday afternoon starting 15/01/19 at 13.00 – 16.30pm fortnightly till 01/03/19. Volunteers need to attend all 4 of the training sessions.
  • Be willing to attend yearly training
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times within the guidelines set out by the bereavement support team
  • To will need to attend a Martlets Welcome day and complete:
    • Information governance and IT awareness training
    • General Induction into the organisation and the counselling service
    • Access to transport and a secure private telephone

Please note interviews will be held in the weeks commencing 19th & 26th November. Please register your interest for this role before 9th November.

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Contact: People Services Team on 01273 718788 or email [email protected]