This week we’re celebrating Volunteer Week here at the Hospice. Did you know we have over 1,460 volunteers covering 20 different roles?
Volunteers play a vital role for us and there’s something for anyone interested in supporting patients and families, giving something back, or learning new skills.
Tracey from Yate, shares her reason for becoming a Hospice volunteer:
“My dad, Gordon received help from the Hospice at Home service and as a family member I also benefited from this support. Sadly Dad passed away in 2014 and a few years later in 2016 I made a decision to dedicate some of my time to help give back to the Hospice”.
Tracey, who also works at a financial advisors firm, initially joined St Peter’s Hospice one day per week as a Network Neighbour, providing companionship and support to people living with life-limiting illnesses at home. She’s now a volunteer at our Inpatient Unit in Brentry.
“I like that I can provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on to both patients and their families, it means a lot. The Hospice has such a positive atmosphere. To anyone thinking of volunteering, I say ‘go for it’ it’s very rewarding”.
Sandra from Downend volunteers in the Hospice Coffee shop
After being made redundant 3 years ago, Sandra was keen to continue working until retirement, and wanted to do something useful with her time. At first she was a bit apprehensive about helping at the hospice, thankfully she took the plunge and helped initially as an Inpatient Unit volunteer and is now a volunteer at the Hospice Coffee shop in Brentry.
“It’s such a friendly place to work, the surroundings are beautiful and peaceful it’s a lovely environment to work in, plus I feel like I’m giving a little bit back.”
Sandra helps to clean and open the coffee shop, as well as serve and prepare a selection of food and drinks for our visitors.
If you’re interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more on our volunteering pages here.