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What is a Volunteer?
Cudeca volunteers are members of a group of loyal and sensitive people who are devoted to helping in the running of the Hospice.

Our work would not be possible without the invaluable help of our volunteers, whose support has been part of our project, making it possible for us to offer “our special kind of caring”.

Voluntary Care
Being a voluntary carer at Cudeca means getting closer to a specific reality: the cancer patient and their family. During the course of illness and death a person experiences a progressive deterioration of their strength and image. That is why the person´s needs (physiological, emotional, social, spiritual, the acknowledgement of who they are and what they do, the acceptance of the illness and of death, etc.) increase considerably. The voluntary carer will be one of the people who will accompany, listen, offer support and encouragement to help the patient endure the illness and to go though the difficult process of accompanying the family members in moments when they need just as much help as the patient.

As far as Cudeca is concerned, one of the specific aims of a voluntary carer is that of offering assistance to patients and their relatives who care for them. The consequence of these objectives requires a certain way of thinking and adequate preparation. That is why, voluntary carers are selected and specifically trained:

  • In accordance with the needs of the patient and family, in order to restore assistance networks at every level. Thus avoiding upsetting the family structure.
  • In accordance with the need for help in the family unit, either assisting the patient or the family by giving them some respite or helping with other chores.
  • To improve the quality of life of the patient as the volunteer fills the needs for friendship, solidarity and comprehension, especially when the patient´s family is of limited numbers or non-existent..
  • So that the personal enrichment of the volunteer in the performance of their tasks is genuine.

The volunteer carer shall help in giving the best possible quality of life to the patient and special assistance to the family through the following care programmes:

  • Home Care.
  • Day Care Unit (open in the mornings from Mondays to Thursdays).
  • In-Patient Unit.
  • Transporting patients to and from the Hospice.

Volunteers´ training is very important for Cudeca, so volunteer carers must attend a training course given by Cudeca Professionals. The course provides volunteers with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake voluntary work.

Fundraising and Communications Department
Volunteers can help to organise events; design and recycle greeting cards; help in the Charity Shops and generate ideas for other fund raising initiatives.

What is a charity shop?
Cudeca Charity Shops sell good quality donated ítems (clothes, shoes, books, DVDs, music, bric-a-brac, etc.) at very good prices. Come and see and buy!
We need your help to help them.

  • Buy from your local Cudeca Charity Shop.
  • Donate quality items for sale (clothes, furniture, books, etc.).

If you decide to help us by becoming a volunteer in one of the shops…
There are lots of interesting things to be done in shops such as: sorting, helping customers, pricing, window dressing, etc. The Charity Shops are open to one and all!

Others Activities: Volunteers also help in other activities, all of which contribute to the running of the Centre

Avenida del Cosmos, s/n
29631 - Arroyo de la Miel
Málaga, Spain
Telephone:(0034)952 56 49 10

Registered Charity No. MA/728