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Volunteering is about getting out and doing something”

3rd March 2017

Volunteers in our St Swithin’s Street charity shop and cafe in Worcester share their thoughts on what motivates them to volunteer.

Lynne Morgan-Green,  70

Why do I volunteer?

I used to work at my family business and I was very active until I retired. But after I retired I just needed to keep working, I couldn’t just sit around doing nothing. St Richard’s is great because it’s different every day, there’s always something new and it keeps you interested. There’s a nice mix of volunteers in different age groups, it’s a very good mix, a healthy mix. It’s a great opportunity to learn new things and it’s really good for people looking to get jobs. It’s a way for them to get work experience because we see in them what other people don’t see.

What do I get out of volunteering?

For me it’s getting out and doing something, meeting people every day. It’s important to meet people, especially at my age, and you do feel that you are giving in an area that’s very important. Being able to help is also something I and the others get out of it, for the people here I think it’s 50/50 of doing it for themselves and doing it to help.

For people my age volunteering and getting out of your home is great because it keeps you young, just doing something with your time instead of just sitting around at home. Most of us here are pretty young for our age because we do keep active.

booksBook department volunteer Patricia Bridges

Why do I volunteer?

Because my husband had cancer, he wasn’t a patient in the hospice but the  home team came to him every day and they were so nice and kind to both of us, and after he died I felt like I had to give something back for all they did for us, and of course I’ve always loved books.

What do I get out of volunteering?

I meet some very lovely people, the customers, the staff and volunteers are all really lovely, and of course I love books so being here is great. I think if anyone has got a few hours a week to spare, or a day and want to be involved in something worthwhile then volunteering for St Richard’s is a great way to do it. I’ve been here for eight years now and I just enjoy it, every minute of it.

Volunteers Marion Woodhouse and Margaret Fluellen who work on the tills ( pictured above)

Why do I volunteer, and what do I get out of it?

Marion: My husband passed away in the hospice and volunteering here is a way for me to give something back, and it’s nice to always meet new people.

Margaret: I’m here for similar reasons, and it’s a good way of giving something back and making new friends and meeting lots of people.

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.