Creative Writing Therapy Group Volunteer


What You’ll Do: 

The creative writing group is with patients attending the Wellbeing Centre (WBC) at Teesside Hospice. The WBC is for individuals who have a life limiting illness and are currently independent but require support and skills to live their lives to the full. We run various support groups with the aim to increase self esteem, confidence and low mood to name a few. We have previously had a creative writing group and it would be great to run another one. There will be staff available to help within the group but the volunteer would plan the session using their knowledge and skills from their creative writing experience.


Creative Writing Therapy Volunteers will:

  • Deliver creative writing therapy classes in the wellbeing centre of Teesside hospice
  • Assist in the delivery and development of the wellbeing service within the organisation
  • To act as an ambassador for the palliative care team and promote the hospice service.

Daily supervision: Wellbeing Centre Team
Accountability: Wellbeing Centre Sister
Locations: Wellbeing Centre and In-Patient Unit, Teesside Hospice, 1 Northgate Road, Middlesbrough

Aim: Our Wellbeing Centre at Teesside Hospice provides services for people who are living with long term and life-limiting conditions, including their families and carers. We offer care, support, and advice to help improve wellbeing and confidence and through this to help people cope better with the changes happening in their lives.

Why You’ll Love It: 

You will have an opportunity to share your knowledge of creative writing with patients and use some of your skills to help patients write some of their memories. You will gain experience in how to communicate effectively with people of all ages at various stages in their illness and hopefully improve their communication skills.

What You’ll Learn: 

You will learn skills in leading a group, group dynamics and the differences between communicating in a group and individually. We would hope that you would learn team working skills as you work alongside the WBC staff and generally how to be a productive member of any work force. You will gain confidence in yourself by coming into a new and unknown environment which will help you when going into the workplace. You would also learn more about yourself as a person and discover skills that you didn’t realise that you already have.

Benefits to you

Learn new skills

Gain work experience

Build on confidence

Have the opportunity to meet new people

Make a difference to your own life and the lives of others

Support a great cause and make a difference to the lives of people within the community

Receive discount off purchases made in our shops from donated goods

Receive discount in our Northgate Tea Room

Receive travel expenses

Receive mealtime expenses when you have volunteered for over half a day

Personal qualities:

  • Compassion and empathy
  • Tact and sensitivity
  • Resilience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to ensuring that the patient has support at the end of their life
  • Ability to work alone and as part of team
  • Polite and approachable
  • Professional approach

What We’re Looking For: 

  • Creative writing skills.
  • No specific IT skills are required above and beyond that of standard use of Microsoft Office applications such as word, excel, powerpoint etc.

Your commitment

Your commitment to this role will be discussed on an individual basis. We ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of two hours per week.


Users of the service

All patients, carers and visitors within Teesside Hospice Care Foundation.



Teesside Hospice volunteer badge (provided)

To apply for this role contact

Workforce Development Team, Teesside Hospice, 1 Northgate Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 5NW

Call the team on 07470451566

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