"The commitment and support of our volunteers is amazing - without them there would be so many areas of Willen Hospice that simply could not function"
Help in all areas of hospice life
Our volunteers are involved in every aspect of Hospice life, quietly going about their duties, often out of sight, but making a real difference to the lives of patients and families.
They not only support the day to day running of the Hospice but also the services that provide income for the Hospice such as:- Willen Hospice Shops, Lottery and Events.
Benefits of Volunteering
- learn new skills
- make new friends
- have fun
- help others at Willen Hospice
- feel valued
Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone can volunteer. Our youngest volunteers work in the shops and are aged 14 upwards, usually as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Volunteers do have to be 17+ to work within the Hospice building itself. Our oldest volunteer is over 90! Volunteers who work directly with patients have to complete a CRB check.
At the Hospice itself
- Receptionist – Answering incoming calls promptly, taking messages, general admin
- Administrator – PC skills, Word, Excel and Access would be good, answering telephone, filing, stuffing envelopes.
- Meal Assistant - Serving meals to patients, offering tea and coffee to patients and relatives, collect up trays and load/empty dishwasher
- Laundry & Drinks Assistant – Load and unload washing machines and dryers, ironing of quilt covers and patients clothes as necessary. Serving refreshments from the trolley to patients and visitors
- Gardener – general duties such as weeding, tidying, clearing leaves, pruning, planting, hanging baskets etc.
- Health Care Assistant – to assist the nursing staff in the delivery of general care to in patients
- Social Care – Offering support to adult carers, children and family members or friends of patients who are known to the hospice.
- Complementary Therapist – qualified practitioners in Reflexology, Reiki, Massage
- Hairdresser – Cut, trim and shampoo & set patients hair. (In day hospice Tues, Wed, Thurs)
Beyond the Hospice building
- Ambassador – Attending community fundraising events as an Ambassador for the Hospice
- Photographer – taking pictures at fundraising and Hospice events
- Events Helper – manning stalls, serving food and drink, cash handling, selling raffle tickets, clearing away.
- Shop Assistants – operating the till, customer service, keeping the shop clean and tidy, sorting donations
- Warehouse Sorters – Sort saleable clothes, bric-a-brac and books following guidelines.
- Drivers Mates – Help with moving equipment and furniture, load and unload goods to and from shops and warehouse. Deliver sold items to customer’s houses and collect donated furniture.
- Lottery collectors - help distribute and collect tickets for our weekly lottery. Sell lottery tickets at events