From today we thank Volunteers in National Volunteers’ Week
The week (1st to 7th June) is a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
Uckfield FM is one local organisation run by volunteers, another is St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, relies on volunteers to support its vital work in the local community. With a catchment area of over 235,000, St Wilfrid’s cares for over 2,264 end-of-life patients, their families and carers every year.
From the Hosts at the hospice itself, who meet and greet visitors and deliver meals to and chat to patients, to volunteers in the shops and those supporting new online shops.
Volunteers are at the heart of all that the hospice does. There are Community Support Volunteers, who befriend patients at home, Bereavement Support Volunteers, Complementary Therapy Volunteers and Young Clinical Volunteers, a structured programme for those young people considering a career in health or medicine.
There are many more besides… a role for everyone. And it’s not a one-sided transaction, those who volunteer get so much out of it. From a sense of giving back to the community, building confidence and gaining friends, there is something so special about volunteering.
If you would like to find out more, go to stwhospice.org/volunteering