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Army Cadet volunteer gains skills for life

19th November 2018

I’m 14 years old and I have been an Army Cadet for just over 12 months.  The cadets recently gave me the opportunity to gain a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  As part of this I am required to undertake a period of volunteering.  Sadly my grandad passed away from terminal illness when I was just a baby and he received amazing care and support from his local hospice. This inspired me to want to help St Richard’s Hospice.

I’ve been volunteering in the St Richard’s Hospice Shop in St Swithin’s Street every Saturday morning for two months now. This was my first experience of work so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Everyone was very friendly and welcoming in showing me around and what to do.  My role is working in the book shop, which is great for me as reading is one of my favourite hobbies.  I sort, organise, tidy and price the books, ensuring they are stored on the correct shelf, deal with customer sales and donations of books.  I especially enjoy working on the till and processing payments.

I love hearing about what books the customers like to read and helping them find what they are looking for.  Every week is different, I’m meeting new people and learning new things. I’m so glad I decided to volunteer for St Richard’s as it makes me feel good to know that I’m helping a charity with such a worthwhile cause.   I’m sure all the skills and experience I’m gaining will not only support my Duke of Edinburgh Award but will help me with my future career plans too.

Jacob Brown

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.