Reference nr. 2645 : North Haven Hospice
Nurturing Touch Massage for patients (ALL TRAINING & EQUIPMENT PROVIDED)

At North Haven Hospice we have a team of volunteers who provide Nurturing Touch (palliative massage) to patients and/or carers in the patient’s own home.

Nurturing Touch is a unique form of massage that utilises methods specific to working with the terminally ill. Once a volunteer has been trained in Nurturing Touch, they can give this massage to a patient’s hands and feet and eventually with additional training, to a patient’s back, neck and shoulders if required.

The therapist works individually in the community in a patient’s home.
You are supported by a mentor and Volunteer Services, throughout your time here.

  • Attending a NT training workshop at North Haven Hospice (Thursday 25th March 9-4).
  • 2x supervised NT sessions with a volunteer mentor.
  • 1 x orientation of 2 hours.
  • A 6 hour induction/essential skills day (3 hours of each); the 3 hour essential skills component to be re-done every 2 years to remain a volunteer.
  • There is an interesting and focused volunteer calendar including drop-in meetings and trainings.
You are expected to attend further in-service training to enable you and patients to interact safely. You are allocated a fully kitted out massage bag whilst you are carrying out this role (including re-fills).

Specific requirements
Willingness to be trained to hospice standards for this very therapeutic role.
Be a good listener.
Be willing to travel in the Whangarei district (hospice can provide petrol reimbursement under some circumstances).
Be able to have a minimum of 2 patients at any one time in the community.

6 volunteers needed


✔ Police check
✔ Reimburse expenses
✔ Reference provided after some time