Robbie's volunteering story
As part of Volunteers’ Week, we’ve interviewed some of the volunteers who have been helping us out during the lockdown period. We spoke to a local estate agent, Robbie.
Before Covid-19 happened along, you would have found Robbie hard at work at his desk at the Connells Group or hurrying across town to show a prospective homeowner around a new property.
Fast forward to the pandemic and Robbie found he had spare time on his hands. He applied to Community Action:MK for a temporary volunteering role and based on his experience, he was introduced to Willen Hospice where he started a stint as a ward host on our In-Patient Unit.
His daily roles include assisting with extra cleaning all touch points around the Hospice, ironing the laundry and hosting on the ward during meal times. He also serves breakfast and drinks to patients.
He says: “Volunteering at Willen allows me to give something back during these tough and challenging times and I am so glad Community Action:MK paired me with them. The work that everyone does at Willen is far beyond anything I can put into words and I have been welcomed as part of the team here. It will be a sad day when I have to go back to my 9-5 job!
"Even as a carer, I hadn't been in a hospice before, so it’s all new to me. I am overwhelmed though, at the amount of love there is within the Hospice, and everyone I encounter has an amazing disposition and they are not just there for a pay check, they are there because they want to be there, from the reception and admin team to the housekeepers and ward nurses. It’s a lovely atmosphere!"