East Lancashire Hospice – Many Roles

Blackburn College and University Centre has been working with East Lancashire Hospice to secure a number of work placement opportunities for our current students. The roles available are:


  • Maintenance support -Work with maintenance in carrying out ad hoc and planned maintenance works,

    which could include:

    ·         Organising furniture and equipment for meetings

    ·         Assisting with legionella checks

    ·         Arranging seasonal decorations

    ·         Cleaning windows, air conditioning vents and strip light covers etc

    ·         Assisting with fire equipment checks

    ·         Painting walls / woodwork

    ·         Working in the garden and grounds

    ·         Power washing garden paths

  • Catering Support -·         Work with catering staff preparing light meals, salads and sandwiches

    ·         Serve meals in the hospice restaurant

    ·         Wash pots and support catering team in cleaning the kitchen , serving and dining areas

    ·         Prepare Tea and Coffee trolleys for meetings and education

  • Administration -·         Taking telephone enquiries

    ·           Inputting data onto a database

    ·           Photocopying

    ·           Filing

    ·           Ordering stationary

    ·           Working on reception

  • Technology Champion -·         Review  databases and spread sheets to identify ways of streamlining data collection and reporting

    ·         Hold workshops showing staff , volunteers and patients  how to use  technology such as Facebook, skype, Instagram and internet shopping applications to support promotion of hospice services , allow people to keeping in touch with those important to them and enhance their lives

    ·         Provide one to one support with staff and patients in using technology as described above

    ·         Produce simple how to guides for using applications as described above

    ·         Suggest technological solutions that may streamline work or enhance patient experiences working with Senior managers to roll out their use

  • Making Memories -·         Using effective communication and interpersonal skills, engage with patients and those that matter to them in order to better understand their personal preferences and so help quality of life.

    ·         Work with individuals and groups supporting creative/therapeutic activity under the direction of registered nursing staff. This may include:

    –          Reading aloud from books and other media of interest, using appropriate, engaging tone and expression

    –          Supporting selection of music/talking books and being present where appropriate to enable enjoyment of these.

    –          Leading or participating in table games of particular interest or significance to patients and families

    –          Supporting individuals or small groups to create memories and legacies through a variety of media including memory boxes, cards, letters, videos and craftwork

    –          Developing and/or supporting diversional activity on an individual or group basis including for example film afternoons and seasonal events

    ·         Support hospitality by preparing hot and cold drinks for people where requested to do so during planned activity

  • Friendly Faces -·         Meet and greet patients and those that matter to them, ensuring they feel welcome and comfortable whilst awaiting clinic appointments, offering company and refreshments where appropriate to do so

    ·         Prepare for, greet and make welcome any new patients attending the hospice and orientate them to our facilities in keeping with agreed standard

    ·         Develop own awareness of available hospice clinical services and provide service information leaflets (where not already provided), noting and reporting any queries raised to clinical staff

    ·         Provide a supportive presence when escorting patient, visitors and professional staff to hospice departments (this might include patients being transferred by ambulance to the Inpatient Unit)

    ·         Develop understanding of the hospice reception volunteer role and their valuable contribution to hospice services

    ·         Contribute to reception activity including for example the transfer of mail / parcel deliveries to hospice departments

    ·         Support clinical staff in the maintenance of clinical rooms, corridors/waiting areas in keeping with specified standards

    ·         Participate in debrief/reflection sessions to share and learn from experiences

    ·         Develop own communication skills and an empathetic ear whilst working with staff, patients and those that matter to them.

  • Supporting Complementary Therapy Provision (Ages 18+) -·         Develop own communication skills and an empathetic ear whilst working with staff, patients and those that matter to them.

    ·         Prepare and maintain the therapeutic environment in keeping with specified hospice standards and requirements

    ·         Work with groups of individuals supporting therapeutic activity under the direction of CT practitioners. This may include:

    –          Participating in the delivery of CT lead therapeutic group work for those patients attending the hospice creative and support therapy department

    –          Supporting the provision of restorative therapeutic support sessions for staff on an individual or small group basis

    –          Contributing to the provision of therapeutic support for those that matter to our patients

    –          Contribute to service development discussions and evaluation processes regarding CT provision

    ·         Support hospitality by facilitating the availability of hot and cold drinks where appropriate to do so during planned activity


This is a fantastic opportunity for suitable students to gain valuable work experience from September / October 2017.


Students need to complete an expression of interest form here: http://www.blackburn.ac.uk/eastlancshospice/ they will then be sent an application form in Microsoft word format which needs to be returned to Placements@blackburn.ac.uk within three working days of receipt. Students therefore need to be checking their emails regularly.


Closing Date for Applications will be Monday 19th June.


Any Questions should be directed to Sean Starkie:


Email: sean.starkie@blackburn.ac.uk

Tel: 01254 292375

Vacancy – Youth Empowerment Co-ordinator

Vacancy – Youth Empowerment Co-ordinator

Inter Madrassah Org is delighted to announce that an exciting new opportunity has arisen to join our small vibrant team!

This (YEC) is a new senior post within IMO with responsibility for leading our major new project in Blackburn with Darwen Borough which is being funded by our successful application to BBC Children in Need. This is a 3 year project starting March 2017, subject to continued funding.

The role of Youth Empowerment Co-ordinator is to plan, co-ordinate and deliver a joined up youth programme for young people between 10-18 years old in Blackburn with Darwen Borough. This will go beyond offering traditional recreational diversionary activities and will involve a ‘social education’ package.  Activities will include a regular youth club, educational trips, residentials and mentoring work with young people. The aim of the role is to equip young people from deprived backgrounds with skills, critical thinking, broadened horizons, ambitions and determination to succeed so that they can fulfil their potential and goals in life as they grow to maturity.

Salary – £16,900 p.a (25 hours per week)

All vacancy documents can be viewed on the below link:


Careers, Placements, Work Experience



Volunteers Fair



ROLE TITLE: Criminal Justice Team Volunteer




CANW’s Criminal Justice Team has a proud history of providing support for young people involved in the youth justice system. We are looking for volunteers who can work in partnership with staff to be a positive role model and offer practical support helping to provide alternatives to being in Custody and support the young person to access relevant services, positive activities and tackle issues within their lives. We have 3 main services that volunteers can get involved in:

EYJS (extended youth justice service) which operates on Saturday and Sunday mornings providing mostly home visits to young people on court orders who are high risk of reoffending, on bail or on licence from custody. Sessional staff carry out offence focussed work and assist with accessing positive activities, volunteers support the sessional staff to deliver the service.

Statutory Reparation in Blackburn and Darwen, which operates most week days into early evening and alternate Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have received a court order and part of that order is to complete some hours of reparation (community work – painting, allotment work, gardening etc.)

Triage Reparation which operates most afternoons on weekdays and Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have been arrested but have been diverted away from court as the offence is low level. These young people are given a second chance by completing a “Triage” session, which is a one off session that can include understanding consequences work, community work and sign posting to other agencies when further needs are identified. The young person will not receive a criminal record after completing this session.



  • Valid driving license and access to own transport
  • You must be over the age of 18 (21 for EYJS)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable and flexible in order to meet the needs of young people
  • Access to computer and ability to use Word.
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed


Desirable (not essential as training will be given):

  • Experience of working with young people and families within the community
  • An understanding of Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults


DAYS/HOURS: Various hours to suit your availability, 7 days a week. To be able commit to a minimum of 2-3 sessions per month.


WHERE: Opportunities available throughout Lancashire (Skelmersdale, Chorley, Preston, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rossendale, Fleetwood, Lancaster and Morecambe).


WHEN:  This role will begin asap and then be on-going



  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be available.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this roledue to the nature of our charity. However, people with criminal records should still apply if interested as previous convictions will be considered on an individual basis regarding suitability for specific roles and/or events.
  • Travel reimbursement of 45p per mile.



This is a fantastic opportunity. You will build your confidence and skills around working with vulnerable/challenging young people and it will give you an invaluable insight into Youth Justice and some of the issues young people face. You will also have the opportunity to network with various relevant agencies in Lancashire and raise your awareness of what they do and how they work collaboratively.


If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk