Join us as a Co-Worker
Our Sister Hospitaller community is a very diverse one – we see it as a rich and varied fabric, including not only the Sisters and the patients we care for, but also the skilled medical staff and other workers who form such a crucial part of our mission.
From the outset, and by decision of the Founder himself, our Congregation has always relied on the co-operation of lay people whose professional competence and personal dedication make it possible for us to offer the highest quality of care.
The sharing of this gift has opened the way to a new hope-filled chapter in the charity’s work. Both laywomen and sisters have received the gift of Hospitality, which we each use in specific ways. We are therefore companions in the Hospitaller Mission, and have a shared responsibility for its implementation.
Catherine, Activities Co-ordinator
St. Augustine Home, Addlestone
“More than anything, I love to talk to the residents. They all have different experiences, and they all have a story to tell.
“Each day I try to organise everybody and ask them what they want to do in the morning. I have a routine that I try to follow, but if they don’t want to follow that then I will work with them to find something else. Some like painting, some like singing, some play Scrabble or dominos. Personally, I like playing bowls out in the garden in the summer.
“The Sisters are all very nice – they are incredibly patient, and I have learned a lot of things from them. It’s inspiring to me how they are already old and still working. I really look up to them for that. It might be a different story for me when I get to their age! But who knows?
“My absolute favourite thing about my work is when someone’s face lights up while they’re doing something creative, like painting. I have one lady I work with and she loves to do arts and crafts. She’s not terribly confident but when she finishes something she can’t believe she did it. Her whole face just lights up. You sometimes have to have a lot of patience and work with people, but it’s worth it when you can give them a little boost to do things they didn’t know they could do.
“To me, Hospitality is just trying your best to help people. The Sisters are a good example for us to follow. I want to try, in my own way, to have that same patience and dedication, that ability to solve problems, to listen to people and understand them. This home, this whole organisation, is an incredibly loving environment.”
If you are a medical professional in search of a way to have a deeper impact on the world’s welfare, or if you have another professional skill you would like to put to use in the service of our mission, we hope you’ll consider partnering with us. Our co-workers include social workers, cooks, cleaners and a wide range of other dedicated people. Perhaps you could join them?