Patient Care

Volunteers’ Week: Peter’s Story

It is national Volunteers’ Week, and we are taking the opportunity to say a big *Thank You* to all of our amazing volunteers. We have over a thousand volunteers helping out at the Hospice, at events, in our shops and in and around the community.

To celebrate the work of our helpers, we are featuring a series of stories about our invaluable volunteers. Today, it is the turn of our Day Hospice volunteer Peter.

Why did you volunteer?

“Before joining the St Peter’s Hospice team I had been a volunteer at a children’s hospice and my parents also suffered with cancer. I am of an age when I want to give something back. Working in the children’s hospice provided the impetus for volunteering as I have found so much empathy with those with a short time to live.”

How have you benefited?

“I have found that helping other people helps to put my own problems into perspective and feel grateful for what I have got. Volunteer work has helped me through difficult times, taking my mind off personal problems.

The Hospice is not a gloomy place to work as the environment is so cheerful. I get more from being a volunteer than the patients do. It’s very satisfying – that’s the thing about giving.”

What challenges have you faced?

“I found the biggest challenge to be saying the right things at the right time when a patient can be suffering pain, anger or sorrow. This can be even more sensitive when dealing with family and friends.”

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“Anyone who has the time should go for it now, and not hold back. The rewards will outweigh any concerns, the Hospice is such a happy place and you can tailor what you take on to suit yourself. Just don’t take on too much too soon – ease yourself in.”hat would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?

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Volunteers’ Week: Sam’s Story

It is national Volunteers’ Week, and we are taking the opportunity to say a big *Thank You* to all of our amazing volunteers. We have over a thousand volunteers helping out at the Hospice, at events, in our shops and in and around the community.

To celebrate the work of our helpers, we are featuring a series of stories about our invaluable volunteers. Today, it is the turn of our Inpatient Unit volunteer Sam.


Why did you volunteer?

“I brought high dependence transfer patients into the Hospice as part of my day job in the Ambulance Service. I really liked the atmosphere at St. Peter’s and wanted to be part of it and so I volunteered.”

How have you benefitted?

“It has helped me in my day job through dealing with people who are very ill. It has also improved my communication skills dealing with patients who have a range of problems. My confidence has also improved because the nurses and other staff treat me as an equal despite my youth. I go home feeling that I have done something really valuable.”

What challenges have you faced?

“Just controlling my emotions as my work experience has been very helpful. Everyone at the Hospice has been so welcoming and helpful.”

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?

“Definitely do it! As well as helping others, volunteering is great for your CV, especially if, like me, you are in a related job. It’ll make you feel good and will broaden your understanding of people of a range of ages.”

Find out more about volunteering

Volunteers’ Week: Pam’s Story

This week is national Volunteers’ Week, and we are taking the opportunity to say a big *Thank You* to all of our amazing volunteers. We have over a thousand volunteers helping out at the Hospice, at events, in our shops and in and around the community.

To celebrate the work of our helpers, we are featuring a series of stories about our invaluable volunteers. Today, it is the turn of our volunteer driver Pam.

Pam’s Story

Why did you volunteer?

“I wanted to do some more voluntary work and was looking for something new. I had driven a neighbour to and from hospital to see her husband, enjoyed it and saw how beneficial this could be. I tried the ambulance service but the hours did not suit me so I came along to St. Peter’s Hospice.”

How have you benefited?

“I get so much pleasure from helping others in ways they cannot help themselves. There is great job satisfaction and I so often see some happiness from patients. As an added bonus I now know my way around Bristol so much better!”

What challenges have you faced?

“I have had some mental challenges learning how to respond to each patient differently depending on their personal needs and some physical challenges in parking and handling a wheelchair on difficult roads! Emotionally it can be challenging and I do need to keep my volunteer work separate from the rest of my life.”

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?

“Go for it and be aware that there will be challenges because of the ill health of some of the patients you’ll be transporting.”

Find out more about volunteering

Volunteers’ Week: Sally’s Story

This week is national Volunteers’ Week, and we are taking the opportunity to say a big *Thank You* to all of our amazing volunteers. We have over a thousand volunteers helping out at the Hospice, at events, in our shops and in and around the community.

To celebrate the work of our helpers, we are featuring a series of stories about our invaluable volunteers.

Sally’s Story

Why did you volunteer?

“I wanted to get out of the house, meet people and have something useful to do. My father was cared for in the Hospice 18 years’ ago and this motivated me to volunteer with St Peter’s Hospice.”

How have you benefited?

“Volunteering had made me feel useful. I’ve met a lot of people that I wouldn’t normally see – it’s great to engage with people. I have really enjoyed working in the shop and it’s also been good to look for bargains!”

What challenges have you faced?

“None really – I’ve just loved it so much right from the start.”

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?

“Do it! Volunteering is a great idea as it is so flexible and you don’t feel tied. It’s a great way to occupy yourself and feel useful.”

Find out more about volunteering

Dying Matters

This week, 9-15 May, is Dying Matters Awareness Week. Established by the Dying Matters Coalition, which includes NHS organisations, hospices, cares homes, faith organisations and more, the aim of the Week is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

The Dying Matters Coalition is working to address this by encouraging people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones.

Find out more about Dying Matters

You can also listen to our podcast using the link below. We talk to Jenny Pierce from Wards Solicitors about why making a Will is so important, and when you should think about making or updating a Will.

 

Dying Matters podcast – advice on making and updating a Will

 

Hospice Podcast: December

Our December podcast is here!

Every month, we bring together Hospice stories, fundraising news and the latest trends in shopping and fashion.

This month, we discuss how Christmas is a special time at the Hospice, and look forward to a famous visitor popping in. We also talk about our Lose the Booze campaign, where we invite supporters to give up alcohol in January to raise funds for the Hospice.

 

St Peter’s Hospice on BBC Inside Out

This week, BBC Inside Out West featured the story of Lee-Anne Masters, whose husband Richard passed away one year ago.

Lee-Anne speaks about the care Richard experienced at St Peter’s Hospice, as well as the ongoing support she is receiving. She also discusses how social media can aid the bereavement process.

The short video below includes a song Lee-Anne wrote as part of music therapy.

You can watch the full programme here

 

On tonight’s programme we feature the story of Lee-Anne Masters – who has written a song in the form of a letter to her husband Richard, who died of cancer at St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol a year ago, aged 35. It was part of her music therapy with Jane Lings who accompanies her on the piano…

Posted by BBC Inside Out West on Monday, 26 October 2015

The Second Hospice Podcast is Here!

Our podcast is back!

Every month, we bring together Hospice stories, fundraising news and the latest trends in shopping and fashion.

In this second episode we look forward to our Party for Pete fundraising season, the opening of our first coffee shop Nonesuch Cup, and we talk to Leanne Masters about how social media has helped her to deal with the loss of her husband Richard.

You can download the podcast from iTunes, or listen to it below.

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