By providing gentle hand, arm and shoulder massage, we help promote a sense of well-being and relaxation in people during times of personal crisis. The massage, given through clothing, can also assist in pain and stress relief.
How do we help people?
Anyone can benefit from therapeutic massage: a patient waiting for treatment or recovering from an illness, a carer or someone who is just feeling tense. Benefits include the following:
- assists relaxation
- reduces stress and pain
- promotes a sense of well-being
- offers the chance to talk to someone trained in listening skills.
What skills and training do our volunteers have?
Our volunteers have good interpersonal skills and an understanding of the differing physical needs of service users. All our volunteers also receive regular skills refresher training.
How do I get in touch?
The service is offered in hospitals, hospices, GP surgeries, community meeting places or even at home. Referrals usually come from health and other professionals, though people can self refer. For further information, get in touch with your local Red Cross branch office.
Could I volunteer for this service?
Without volunteers, we would never be able to give people the help they need in a crisis. Because we offer so many services across the UK, we depend on people who generously give up their time to help others. Become a hand, arm and shoulder massage volunteer.