Volunteers not only contribute a great deal of manpower at the Hospice but bring skills, interests and individual experiences to the patients. There are over 1000 volunteers filling more than 60 roles, so there is bound to be something to suit everyone. Volunteers come from all walks of life and commitment, reliability, common sense and flexibility are just some of the qualities which are needed.
Some, but not all duties which volunteers carry out, will bring them into direct contact with patients or their families. Satisfaction in volunteering is all about matching skills, interest, passions and personality with available opportunities.
Why do people volunteer?
There are many reasons why people choose to get involved. These are just a few:
- To support the Hospice’s work.
- To do something unusual and inspiring.
- To meet people and make new friends.
- To learn new skills and improve their CV.
However, the response given by most of our volunteers about why they do it is quite simply because they find it enjoyable and rewarding.
How much time do I have to give?
Most roles usually involve a morning, afternoon or evening duty, although there are some exceptions with greater flexibility. You can volunteer for a weekly, fortnightly or one week in four duty; this will depend on the time you can afford to give. It is far better for a volunteer to begin modestly and perhaps increase the involvement later.
How do I get involved?
Please visit the volunteer vacancies page details of our current vacancies and application forms.
You can also download a volunteer application form.