About the opportunity
We are looking for registered nurses, ideally from a primary care background, and HCPC podiatrists to join our team of medical volunteers in order to expand the medical services we can offer to homeless clients who access our day centre in Canterbury. Applications from other qualified medical professionals can also be discussed and we would be interested to hear if people have specialisations but this isn’t mandatory.
We operate a fitted medical room at our daycentre in Canterbury, including a podiatry chair.
We are currently looking for people on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The centre is open 9-2pm and we would be grateful for any hours within this time that people can spare.
About Catching Lives
Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Many of our clients have ongoing health issues brought on due to sleeping rough and this service is invaluable at identifying issues through health assessments and dealing with them quickly, such as through dressing of wounds, providing ongoing support and advice, and efficiently signposting to other services when needed.
What are we looking for?
As this role will involve discussing personal and sensitive health related matters, any applicants must adhere to our policies and procedures, including our confidentiality policies, and will need to remain professional and non-judgemental at all times.
They will also need to be patient and understanding of the complex needs that many of our clients have, including those around physical health, mental health and substance misuse. Due to this it can often take considerable time to build rapport and trust before clients are accepting of support.
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.
Graeme Solly, Project Leader- firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 464904
Nikki Davies, Volunteer Nurse- email@example.com