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ellenor launches student placement scheme

News   •   Oct 05, 2016 15:55 BST

Hospice charity ellenor has recently received funding for a new volunteer placement scheme for 17-19 year olds, which begins this month. It is aimed at students in year 12 or 13, who are interested in a career in medicine, health or social care and looking for a unique and meaningful work experience.

Students will work at ellenor Gravesend one evening a week (4.30—8.30pm) volunteering on its Inpatient Ward, supporting the charity’s healthcare assistants. Over the six month work placement programme, students will be trained and supported to work towards a Care Certificate qualification.

“Sharing our knowledge and expertise is very important to us as an organisation,” says Tricia Wilcocks, Head of Education and Research at ellenor. “The feedback we’ve had from previous students is always excellent and we are delighted to have the opportunity to give young people an insight into hospice care. We also want to encourage students across the academic spectrum, to consider a career in care. It’s such a worthwhile profession with wonderful opportunities to progress and diversify.”

ellenor is currently recruiting for the October 2016 and April 2017 intake.If you are interested then please contact the team as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Interviews will be held prior to starting.

Sophie came on one of ellenor’s recent courses and says: “I have always been quite sheltered from death and dying in any of the voluntary work I have done. However, as I hope to study medicine and become a doctor, I wanted to come more face-to-face with death and dying in a way that would start to prepare me for what I would have to deal with at medical school and in my future career.”

For an application form, contact Alison Jones in the education team at ellenor on alison.jones@ellenor.org or 01474 320007

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