A call has gone out for people across Dorset to support people with a terminal illness by becoming volunteers for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

The charity is hoping to recruit Association Visitors – a role that offers people with MND emotional support, information and help accessing health and care services.

The time required is flexible and can fit around other commitments. There is no previous experience or knowledge needed as extensive training and ongoing support will be given.

Jane Godfrey, who started volunteering in 2019, said: “Volunteering as an Association Visitor has given me something to focus on since retiring from full time employment. I particularly enjoy making use of my skills to build up a rapport with individuals living with MND, and to support them and their families in a variety of ways. Most rewarding of all is being available as a listening ear.”

MND is a neurological condition that affects the way a person moves their muscles. It is often rapidly progressing and impacts a person’s ability to speak, eat and drink, and breathe.

Andy Graham, Area Support Coordinator for the MND Association, added “Association Visitors provide invaluable support to individuals living with MND and their families. It’s a role that suits volunteers over the age of eighteen who are good listeners and good problem solvers. "

If you would like to know more about becoming an Association Visitor for the MND Association, or if you are interested in any other volunteering role for the charity email Andy on andy.graham@mndassociation.org

For more information about MND and the MND Association visit www.mndassociation.org