Steph Kirk – Volunteer Story
We asked Steph, one of our volunteers, to share her story about volunteering…
“I first got involved with volunteering at St Wilfrid’s around 5 years ago. A friend had been diagnosed with cancer and he loved visiting the Living Well Centre so I knew a little about it. I drove past the sign to the Hospice every day on my way to work and always said to myself that I would like to volunteer there when I retired. I felt I wanted to give something back.
I started off as a ward volunteer at Grosvenor Road, and loved it! I love meeting people, the patients and their families and hearing their stories. It gives another dimension to your own life.
Now I’m volunteering as a Hospice Visitor. At the moment I am supporting our Family Services team during Safe Haven sessions. This is where loved ones can talk openly about their worries or fears, and the Family Services team support them.
I also meet people, on a one-to-one basis, who might benefit from having a conversation about their current situation. There is a lot of listening involved in my role, playing back people’s expressions of their feelings to themselves. Often people need to talk in a safe way that they don’t feel able to do with their nearest and dearest, for fear of upsetting them. I hope our sessions give people confidence to speak openly and a chance to express their feelings. If they need more support, I can refer them to our counselling services.
I didn’t start off volunteering for my own benefit, I wanted to give something back, but actually it gives me a great deal. I’ve made firm friends, as you meet so many like-minded people, and it is really good for my own well-being getting out and meeting others.
I think the culture at St Wilfrid’s is fantastic. People will always chat, and it is a very caring but professional organisation. The way that the Volunteer Services team kept in touch with us all during the pandemic was so kind and caring, and also so calm with a light touch.
If you are thinking about volunteering at St Wilfrid’s I would tell you that I love it. I would be poorer for not being able to volunteer. Every single shift I’ve done, I have gone home feeling uplifted. I’m glad I’m here and I wish I’d done it sooner!”
We have over 30 volunteer roles for you to choose from.