Volunteer with CHAS

Volunteer: Anne Stewart has been a CHAS volunteer since 2009 working with children with life shortening illnesses and their families and other members of staff at CHAS.
Volunteer: Anne Stewart has been a CHAS volunteer since 2009 working with children with life shortening illnesses and their families and other members of staff at CHAS.

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life shortening conditions.

CHAS is based in Aberdeen but works with families all over the North East and is currently looking for volunteers who wish to help with the support of families in Fraserburgh and the surrounding areas who have children with life shortening conditions.

CHAS offers care in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.

CHAS also provides a home care service - CHAS at Home - staffed from both hospices and with dedicated teams in the North of Scotland.

The staff will travel to those living in isolated areas and will provide nursing care as well as practical and emotional support.

These services are funded mainly from donations and around £7 million is donated each year to provide these services.

A spokesperson for CHAS said: “We all expect children to grow up healthy and strong. Sadly though there are hundreds of Scottish families who are living with the knowledge that their child’s life will be short.

“Caring for a seriously ill child or young person puts extreme demands on a family, physically and emotionally, so CHAS tries to lighten the burden.

“CHAS offers a wide range of hospice services through Rachel House, Robin House and CHAS at Home.

“These services include: Short planned breaks in the hospices for the child and the whole family; emergency care in the hospice or the family’s home; symptom management to help relieve symptoms caused by the child’s condition; care as the end of the child’s life approaches either in the hospice, at home or working alongside staff in hospital; outreach support in local communities; emotional support and bereavement support after the death of a child.”

If families would like to know more about CHAS at Home they can contact the team on 01224 624858.

For those interested in volunteering or fundraising for CHAS they can contact the fundraising office by calling 01224 645 000 or by email aberdeen@chas.org.uk.

You can also visit their website at www.chas.org.uk