The Brigitte Trust – Charities & Health
Brigitte Trust – Cancer support in Surrey (and areas of Sussex and Middlesex) with practical help for families facing cancer, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and other life-threatening illnesses.
How can a Brigitte Trust volunteer help you?
Brigitte Trust volunteers have provided emotional support and practical help to clients with life-threatening illness, their carers and families for over 30 years.
The service, normally for three hours per week, is flexible according to the needs of the client.
The service may be accessed during and after a course of treatment or surgery, where the health or wellbeing of the client or carer is poor, where support is needed to sustain a caring role, and towards the end of life.
Bereavement support of up to six months is also available to the family. Practical help may include transport to appointments or out shopping, home tasks and social visits.
Carers say they greatly value the opportunity for a weekly respite break.
In providing emotional support our volunteer will be sensitive to the individual and cultural needs of each person supported, with confidentiality maintained and respected.
Areas Covered By Brigitte Trust
Spelthorne, Runnymede, West Elmbridge, East Elmbridge, Woking, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, Surrey Heath, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge, Waverley, Crawley and Horsham.
Who can refer to the Brigitte Trust?
We welcome referrals from individuals, hospices and health and social care professionals.
We would however need to speak to a health professional such as a District Nurse or GP before proceeding with direct client referrals.
To use our service please call 01306 881 816.
Should your call not be answered immediately please leave a brief message.
What happens when I contact the Brigitte Trust?
A Service Co-Ordinator will call between 24 and 48 hours and follow up with an assessment visit.
If appropriate a volunteer will be offered.
The Service Co-Ordinator will review the needs of the client and the continuing involvement of the Trust on a regular basis.
Who is a Brigitte Trust volunteer?
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. All are required to attend a 9 week training course, as well as monthly supervision and ongoing training.
All volunteers have undergone full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.
Volunteers are not trained or insured to offer nursing or personal care.
Volunteering Training Course & Taster Sessions
All volunteers are fully trained before being placed with families and are helped and encouraged in regular support groups whilst volunteering with the Trust.
We urgently need new volunteers to continue and expand this vital service locally in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and with close links with Sam Beare and Woking Hospices.
Our training covers:
- Listening and responding skills
- Loss and bereavement
- Awareness of beliefs
- Working with clients
- Personal development
“It is helpful having our volunteer…just knowing she will be with us every Tuesday and that she knows us so well…we don’t have to keep telling someone new the whole story, which can be so exhausting.”
“Brigitte Trust volunteers are totally reliable and a wonderful support to the patient and to their families.”
“We are in the unique position of being neither a family member nor a friend, and very often that can make us a useful sounding board to vent the strong emotions and worries which life-threatening illness can bring.
The training course which I attended when I first joined The Trust, together with on-going workshops and supervision, has made me feel that I am part of a friendly and hugely supportive team and I really enjoy my role as a volunteer.
It is a great privilege to be invited into someone’s home at a time which can be so emotionally and physically challenging and it can be a fulfilling and often humbling experience. And the feedback we get from our clients endorses the fact that we really do make a difference.”