Volunteer story

Volunteering at the Hospice

Hear from some of our Hospice based volunteers about their experience supporting St Wilfrid’s.

Cat – Ward and Coffee Shop Volunteer

What is your experience of Volunteering at the Hospice?

St Wilfrid’s has an extremely well organised Volunteer programme which includes regular training workshops and social events.

Communication is always clear and sent well in advance. You are always made to feel welcome and valued.

Why St Wilfrid’s?

St Wilfrid’s is close to my heart as my beloved Dad spent a few weeks here being cared for by the incredible team of Dr’s, nurses and employees. After his passing, I wanted to give back to the Hospice and be a positive presence for everyone here, especially those visiting their loved ones.

What’s it like being part of the team?

There is a large team at St Wilfrid’s and always a feeling of positivity which struck me from my first experience here in 2021 and continues to impress me now, during my shifts. Everyone is focused on helping others and I love being part of that.

Why would you suggest to someone they volunteer for St Wilfrid’s?

You do feel a natural sense of accomplishment after finishing a shift. If you are able to bring some positivity, light and relief to brighten someone’s day during difficult moments then it is so worth it.

Any other comments about volunteering:

Whether you volunteer a couple of times a week or once a month it really is the most rewarding experience. It has been proven that volunteering releases dopamine which reduces stress and increases positive feelings.

Jo – Ward Assistant

What is your experience of volunteering at the Hospice?

A very rewarding experience, sometimes sad but always a privilege to be a small part of helping patients and families in what can be difficult times.

Why St Wilfrid’s?

I knew I wanted to volunteer, and my first choice was “St Wilfs” – a great reputation and well known for community spirit.

What’s it like being part of the team?

It’s friendly and from day one I have felt welcome. I love it!

Why would you suggest to someone they volunteer for St Wilfrid’s?

In whatever role, even if it’s just making a cup of tea – you have an opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives when they potentially most need support.

Any other comments about volunteering?

I was unsure if this was for me, but 16 months later, I know it’s one of the best decisions i have ever made.

David and Karen – Driver and Hospitality Volunteer

What is your experience of volunteering at the Hospice?

Dave worked for Age UK for many years, so knew about Charities, the need for volunteers and the difference they can make. St Wilfrid’s is local to us and we were directed to  Voluntary Services through our local St Wilfrid’s Shop in Chidham. We now both volunteer at the Hospice in Bosham. Dave drives the Hospice adapted vehicles transporting patients to and from appointments in the Living Well Centre and taking post to St Richard’s Hospital for the inpatient unit. Karen joined the Hospitality volunteers, running the coffee shop for patients, visitors and staff. 

What’s it like being part of the team?

Joining the St Wilfrid’s volunteer team has been an enjoyable, rewarding and really positive experience. 

It is nice for us both to volunteer within the same organisation, as we get to meet the same people, making a shared experience for us as a couple.  Everyone at the hospice is friendly and cheerful, making it a good atmosphere to volunteer in.

Why would you suggest to someone they volunteer for St Wilfrid’s?

Why would we suggest to someone they volunteer for St Wilfrid’s?  For all of the above reasons! 

It is such a positive environment.  It is a wonderful way to do something useful with your time and you feel like you are making a real, positive difference.

 

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