The Marie Curie Helper is a professional service provided by trained volunteers who offer
one-to-one companionship and support to people with a terminal illness and their families.
The service would not be able to reach those most in need if it was not for the commitment
and hard work of the volunteers delivering the service.
Helper volunteers provide companionship and emotional support, practical support, short
breaks for carers and help with signposting for information and support.
About Marie Curie
Your role will include some of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks:
• Carry out weekly visits with the person(s) you’re supporting, as agreed with the Volunteer Coordinator. This could be in a variety of settings, eg family home, a care home or in the community.
• Provide one-to-one companionship and support.
For example: offering a listening ear and spending time engaging in every-day conversation,
activities or hobbies with the person you are supporting. Driving clients to pre-arranged health or
social care (e.g. to medical appointments) or taking short trips out. Helping with small, daily tasks,
e.g. making tea or accessing the internet. Allowing carers to have a short break. You may be
supporting your client’s family or carers before or during bereavement. This may involve offering
emotional support, signposting to relevant local support services or finding out information as