28th August 2014

Make a difference as a volunteer

“I really enjoy volunteering and I’ve made lots of firm friends through the different areas I work in.

“It’s so diverse and good fun!”

St Richard’s Hospice is able to offer care to patients and their loved ones thanks to the generous support of dedicated volunteers and the community.

Over 1,000 volunteers bring their life skills and experience to the hospice, supporting every aspect of hospice life from patient care and administration, to fundraising and shops in Worcestershire.

Every volunteer offers valuable support to the hospice’s work, and in return receives all the training and support they need to ensure they find the experience rewarding.

 Areas where much needed support is given include patient services, hospice support, fundraising and commercial services.

Volunteers carry out a wide variety of roles within the hospice and the community, including driving patients to Day Hospice and appointments; giving complementary therapies to patients; offering practical and bereavement support for patients and families; helping with administration, reception or gardening.  Others help raise much needed income to help run the patient care services by helping with fundraising events, in our warehouse or at one of our many shops.

Make a valuable contribution

We are always looking for more people to join our vibrant team of volunteers who help to support patient care both within the hospice and within the community.

The ideal qualities of a St Richard’s volunteer is someone who is:

  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Committed
  • Has good communication  skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Interested in meeting  people
  • Non-judgmental
  • Keen to help within the community
  • Has a flair for fashion and could help our commercial department
  • Wants to “give back”

Opportunities to volunteer are available in every department so there is something for everyone.

If you have a few hours to spare each week and want to offer something positive to the hospice and to members of your own community then please discuss what St Richard’s could offer you by contacting the Volunteer Services Coordinator on 01905 763963, or find out more at www.strichards.org.uk/volunteer.

All volunteers attend an induction course to learn about St Richard’s Hospice and receive ongoing training and support in their area of volunteering.

Anna Wharrier, Volunteer Services Coordinator