Skip to content

Careers in our Family Support team

Our Family Support team are the soul of Shooting Star. As part of our team you will experience both the outstanding, compassionate care we provide to families during an unimaginably hard time in their lives, and the noisy joy and laughter found in children’s hospices across the country. The work is varied and creative, taking place at the hospices, in family homes and hospitals, allowing the support to be where the families need it, making a real difference to the families we support. Roles within the team include Family Support Workers, therapists, social workers, counsellors and more.
Get in touch

Featured role

Bank Therapists and Counsellors

As the number of families we support grows we are always looking for established arts therapists, counsellors and EMDR practitioners. You may already have your own practice and be interested in taking on new clients or want to develop your experience supporting families through grief and bereavement. We offer flexible contracts, the opportunity to use our dedicated spaces and support from our wider team.

A child's hand touching a guitar being held by a music therapist.

A typical week

a small pile of children's books on a hospital bed

Hospital sitting

Spend a couple of hours sitting with a child when they are in hospital, reading books or doing activities. This allows parents a short break to support other children, make telephone calls or just have the chance to pop home.

Roses attached to a bronze leaf in our memory garden.

Bereavement check-in

Calling a bereaved parent on their child’s birthday, to check in and see how they are, or making up and sending a personalised pamper pack for them.

A supported siblings group

Siblings day

Helping out at one of our siblings’ days, which give siblings of supported children a day that’s all about them, allowing them to have fun, make friends and share their feelings in a supportive environment.

A cast of a child's hand being held by a parent's, decorated with gold paint.

Memory making

Create and decorate a cast of a child and parent holding hands. These keepsakes are treasured by families for years to come.

Key benefits

Skills development

We support all our staff in developing their skills and showcasing their expertise, with weekly learning sessions and monthly journal clubs.


You’ll be eligible for a Blue Light discount card, plus enjoy perks like free meals at our Guildford hospice.

Flexible working

We know that life can be complicated, so we are happy to discuss flexible working with you.

Get in touch

Interested in learning more about careers in our Family Support team? We are happy to have an informal chat or arrange a time to come and visit our hospice. Call or email us or fill in the form below to get in touch.

"*" indicates required fields

Please let us know about any past experience that you feel is relevant to this role.
Let us know if you have any specific questions about the role.
Where did you hear about this role?