People volunteer for many different reasons. Some have a connection with the hospice through family members and friends we have cared for, some wish to give something back to their community and others come to strengthen their CV by developing new skills.
Our volunteers are of all ages and come from a variety of backgrounds. No matter what the reason, volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and to support your local charity.
Volunteering opportunities vary depending where we have vacancies, but may include:
Occasional help at Hospice and community events, membership of support groups organising their own fundraising and administrative support in the fundraising team.
Ideally volunteers are asked to commit to helping on a regular basis, typically a morning or an afternoon each week. However, we are very flexible for those who would like to put in more time or less.
First point of contact for visitors, in person and by telephone, as well as undertaking basic administration duties.
Help prepare patients' rooms for their meals, make patients drinks, 'befriend' patients and provide some company, if required.
Help provide administrative support to the ward. Duties include answering the phone, requesting and returning medical notes, calling other professionals, making up notes and booking transport.
Work alongside the team in helping prepare the table for lunch, supporting the activities co-ordinator and providing your own skills that could benefit patients and their carers e.g. beauty treatments, hairdressing, music, sewing or craft skills.
Prepare and serve meals, plus washing up, of course!
Ironing, dusting and vacuuming our homely hospice.
Seasonal work pruning, weeding and planting.
Take a look at all our current volunteering opportunites.
If you are unsure about which area is right for you or for more information please contact the hospice on 01977 708868. If you know which role you would like apply for, you can download the volunteer application form.