Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is looking for more volunteers to help it provide its vital care for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.
It has volunteer vacancies in many different areas of its care. If you fancy flexing your retail muscles, how about a role in one of its charity shops, serving customers, operating the till, and sorting, steaming and pricing stock. Those with good customer skills will relish this role, and flexible morning or afternoon shifts will allow you to fit it in around your other commitments.
For those who would like to offer direct support to patients, a role in the Home Support team might be something which you would find rewarding and enjoyable. Before the pandemic, the charity’s Home Support volunteers would visit patients for a chat, or perhaps take them out for a cup of tea at a coffee shop or garden centre. At present, their support is given through phone calls or garden visits, but is perhaps even more important to patients who can feel isolated because of the restrictions the pandemic has caused. Home Support volunteers are asked to support patients for three hours once a week, and are given initial training and ongoing supervision to help them in their role.
For those who are looking for a diverse and fast-paced role, and have good IT, admin and communication skills, maybe a shift on reception at the Hospice in Farnham, or Beacon Centre in Guildford, would be of interest? From greeting visitors and managing deliveries, to answering phones and putting calls through to different teams, there is much variety and no day is the same! Weekday and weekend shifts are available.
A similar role is available on the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit, where volunteer Ward Clerks are needed to help greet visitors, assist with admin tasks and answer the phone. Empathy and good communication skills are a must, and vacancies are available during the week and at weekends.
All volunteers taking on a patient-facing role will require a DBS check and will be given training. To find out more about any of these roles, please contact Phyllis Tuckwell’s Voluntary Services team on 01252 729400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Just a few hours of your time can make a big difference to those who are facing such a difficult time in their lives.