Friends in Grief

Dorothy House Hospice Care - Somerset

Name: Friends in Grief
Organisation: Dorothy House Hospice Care - Somerset
Location: The Brasserie, 66 High Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5AS


Friends in Grief Volunteers will be trained to support and listen to bereaved people at a weekly drop-in session in The Brasserie Shepton Mallet and form a team with other volunteers facilitating
an ‘open access’ approach. So if you have an understanding of grief and bereavement and are
compassionate, empathetic, transparent and non-judgemental then why not find out more?
Tasks would include:
Welcome, support and listen to bereaved people at a weekly drop-in session.
Form a team with other volunteers facilitating a ‘open access approach’
Work within the boundaries defined during your training and refer to the Bereavement Service Co-ordinator if the volunteering moves beyond the remit of your role.
Identify when appropriate to sign post to other services.

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Organisation Description

We provide compassionate care and support for people in our community with a life-limiting illness. Dorothy House focuses on quality of life, so patients can live well and die well.
We give care and support to patients and their families in Bath and north east Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset, whenever they need it; at home, in the hospice, or at one of our outreach centres. We respect the uniqueness of each patient and their family, and empower them to choose the type of care they receive.


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Cause / Interests


Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications


Ideally you will have an understanding of grief and bereavement, whether through personal
experience or in a supportive capacity e.g. group work, emotional support or social care.

You will be aware of the need to be compassionate, empathetic and transparent

An ability to listen attentively and to respond appropriately when working with people who
may, at times, be distressed, without feeling a need to ‘fix it’.

You are comfortable and grounded in your own life especially if you have personal
experience of loss, bereavement and grief.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method