National Volunteers Week 2018

"As we celebrate volunteers’ week once again I am delighted to formally thank all our wonderful volunteers for everything they do to support the vital work of St Wilfrid's Hospice. Since the Hospice opened in 1987 we have cared for over 17,000 local people and their loved ones, and volunteers have been integral to our care since the very beginning.  

There are so many roles for volunteers to contribute to our work and each and every one of our volunteers, now in excess of 500, are helping us to make a difference to local lives. Last year the weekly contribution from volunteers increased to an incredible 1,572 hours.

Every day, our volunteers help us to go the extra mile to support patients and those who matter most to them, in so many varied and often imaginative ways! Fundamental to our care is ensuring every patient we support knows that we care about what matters most to them and that we will do our very best to help meet their needs. The volunteers in our shops do a great deal to support our customers and donors and the many people in our local community who gain a lot from visiting our shops regularly. There are many other ways that volunteers support our work, including fundraising in our community and supporting our education programmes.

We always welcome interest from potential new volunteers and are really pleased to welcome any new volunteers to our team; if you join us now you can be part of our exciting future as we move towards our new hospice in Bosham!" 

- Alison Moorey

What can I do to help?

The Hospice has over 30 volunteering opportunities and can be flexible with the amount of time each volunteers give. Volunteers can contribute anything from one hour a week, as a driver transporting patients, to one day a week working in one of our shops or donation centres. Visit our what can I do and where page to see more on the variety of opportunities we have.

Val Stuckey has been a Hospice Visitor for around six years. “One of the best parts of the role is being able to see people’s individual journeys,” said Val.

Having come from a nursing background, when she retired she decided that she would like to volunteer for St Wilfrid’s. Val underwent a six day Hospice Visitor training programme before she started and, like others, can opt for further training on an ongoing basis.

“Whether we are talking with a patient or a relative who is recently bereaved they can all start off quite low. However, as time starts to pass they become more able to start a new journey for themselves and you can see that they have a sense of peace. I would certainly recommend this volunteering role to anyone. The most important thing is being able to listen to people. It is a chance for them to be able to speak freely about any concerns without judgement or worrying about upsetting other people in their lives. It is a very worthwhile commitment and I enjoy being able to help people in this way.”

In 2017 St Wilfrid’s volunteers were recognised in the Observer community awards as ‘Best Voluntary Group’ and back in 2012, the year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, our volunteers received national recognition when awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This prestigious honour is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities - it is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Our volunteer group were presented with a certificate, signed by Her Majesty, and a commemorative domed glass crystal award – some of the representatives also were invited to attend the annual Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace!

Research shows that volunteering is good for your health! We all know that volunteering is a good thing to do and maybe it’s something you’ve been meaning to get round to? Giving your spare time really can help make a genuine and significant difference to local people living with a terminal illness.

If you’re still not sure, why not come in and have a look around the Hospice and chat to some existing volunteers?

Call Emma on 01243 755815 or email volunteers.office@stwh.co.uk to arrange an appointment - we would love to hear from you!