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Supporting patients as a St Richard’s volunteer

3rd June 2015

Judith Irwin Volunteer

It all started two years ago with a piece in the local paper all about St Richard’s and me wanting to do something for the local community.

I went along to an open evening and was surprised at all the different areas they needed volunteers for, from fundraising to receptionists.

I was interested in the Day Hospice, so after an interview and all the relevant paperwork I shadowed someone for a day. I was hooked! It is a very busy day with greeting the patients, making teas and coffees, chatting to them, serving them lunch, did I mention chatting to them! The patients are so wonderful, full of amazing stories and so grateful for your help and company. Besides the volunteers, there are the fabulous nurses who support the patients and all the different therapists too. I feel very humbled working with such lovely people and the team I work for are just as fantastic. We are there primarily for the patients but also for each other. I always come away from my day with a great sense of well-being.

Along the way I also offered some help in HR (administration) and got taken up on it straight away! It is interesting to see how much paperwork and data is needed. I work with a hard working team who are very good at multi-tasking. I am happy to be able to help with the simple tasks that need doing!

Volunteering at St Richard’s has been very worthwhile for me. It gets me out of the house and also the people are so warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to my next year.

Judith Irwin, Volunteer

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.