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.
Some people have a connection to the hospice; it’s very close to their hearts, and they want to give something back. Volunteering is also a great way of meeting like-minded, motivated, positive people, making new friends and perhaps even learning new skills. Volunteers feel valued, part of a team, feel good about supporting the Hospice and more importantly have fun.
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.
Whatever the reason for volunteering, we see daily the positive impact volunteers have on our patients, their families, our staff and the wider community. They really do make a difference.