They bring a different perspective to the Hospice. It’s one way of hearing public opinion and it keeps us connected to our community. Each year volunteers give time freely valued at around £350,000.
It’s a great way of meeting people, making new friends and perhaps even learning new skills. We make them feel valued and part of a team and they have fun and feel good about supporting the Hospice.
Some of our volunteers come to us after a period out of work. That might be due to caring responsibilities or raising a family or even after illness. They are able to get back into the swing of working and to gain valuable experience. This helps with their CV and employment prospects. It also builds confidence and self-esteem.
We are happy to see our volunteers move on with their lives. We have found that even if circumstances change people will ask us for other opportunities. Wherever possible we will work around other commitments and we value the time that people can give us whether that is a full day or a few hours.