Volunteers needed at St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles across Lincolnshire

St Barnabas Hospice is appealing for volunteers from across Lincolnshire to spare some of their time working in a variety of roles. The Hospice has a huge range of volunteering opportunities available, including: gardening, retail, fundraising, administration, patient-interaction, and warehouse sorting.

St Barnabas welcomes applications from anyone aged 16 or over. There are many reasons why people want to volunteer for the Hospice, whether it is to learn new skills and grow in confidence, or to give something back to the community and help a local charity.

Steve Bond, Volunteer and People Development Manager at St Barnabas, said:

“Volunteering is a wonderful way for people to learn new skills, boost their CV and give something back to their community. It can help people to make new friends and get hands-on experience in hundreds of roles.

“Volunteers bring with them a wealth of experience and a rich body of knowledge that really benefits our patients and staff. Without volunteers we simply would not be able to care and support the thousands of people we do.

Volunteers have been at the heart of St Barnabas Hospice since it first opened its doors 35 years ago to support the people of Lincolnshire with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. Currently more than 1,100 volunteers donate their time across the county.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER:

“My daughter has just been offered a place to study nursing at Edinburgh University, this is in no small part due to her volunteering at the hospice. Her ability to relate her experiences during her university interview made all the difference and gave her real confidence. She has listed palliative nursing amongst her specialisms because of her volunteering with St Barnabas.”

– Mother of a volunteer who will take up a nursing degree in September 2014

“The IPU has been incredibly enlightening to me, allowing me to gain useful and practical experience and I am certain my university offers are, in part, down to my reflections on my voluntary work.”

– Oliver M, volunteer before they began medical studies

“Our volunteers enhance the quality of care given to our patients. They bring a varied and colourful mix of life experience which helps to greatly improve the patient experience.”

– Sue Carter, IPU Ward Manager

“When my mum was poorly there was nothing, it was a terrible time. Five years ago a friend went into the hospice and it made an incredible difference, the support that was around the whole family. It’s a pleasure to volunteer here, in truth I get back far more than I put in.”

-Member of the St Barnabas volunteers’ team

For further information about volunteering, call 01522 518 221 or email volunteering@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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