At Sanctuary Care, we offer volunteering opportunities and work experience placements at all our care homes. The aim of our volunteering programme is to further enrich the lives of our residents, whilst also giving the community a taste of the volunteering experience. Our work experience placements help students and job seekers to develop their confidence and gain skills that they can use in paid employment.

A volunteering placement or work experience?

Both volunteering and completing a work experience placement with Sanctuary Care are very rewarding and will help boost your confidence whilst you gain important life skills. Both are unpaid opportunities which give you the chance to get an overview of working in a care home.

A work experience placement is usually completed during the holidays or as part of an educational course. For example, Health and Social Care students are required to attend a placement in a real work environment to support their learning (usually between 100 and 200 hours in total). Importantly, work experience gives people who are undecided about a career choice an opportunity to experience what that job could be like, helping them to make an informed decision.

Volunteering is usually undertaken over a longer period, and gives you the opportunity to share your skills and hobbies with our care home residents. For example, you may be a keen crafter, and be able to lend your skills to a regular workshop or activity session for our residents. Giving your time freely in this way is very special and our volunteers tell us how empowered they feel making a real difference to our residents' lives.

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Volunteer Stories

Three of Sanctuary Care's volunteers at Upton Dene Residential and Nursing HomeSanctuary Care celebrates its volunteers during national Volunteer's Week.

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Teigan Hewitt and her Great Grandmother (and resident) Sarah Cook

Ten-year-old Teigan is hailed a volunteering hero for her inspiring support to a Sanctuary Care home in Romford, Essex.

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The Challenge logoOver 500 teenagers have volunteered in Sanctuary Care homes as part of the National Citizen Service programme.

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Student paramedics with one of our Sanctuary Care residentsAround 200 trainee healthcare students are getting work experience with Sanctuary Care.

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Infection Control) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 5 June 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 29 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Financial reassurance) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 20 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn – Group Director Sanctuary Care 12 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Testing) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 7 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 30 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Food) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 27 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits and PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 15 April 2020

At Sanctuary Care our number one priority is to keep our residents, their relatives and our staff safe.

With the increasing number of reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to minimise all non-essential visits to our residential and nursing homes until further notice. These include routine visits from loved ones and friends, entertainers, hairdressers, volunteers, work experience students and school parties.

We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be upsetting for relatives who want to visit loved ones. We do feel this is the best way to keep our residents safe and is one of many proactive, preventative measures we are taking to stop this infection getting into our homes.

We do hope you understand why we are taking these precautions. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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