Local hospice seeks helping hands in the community



From running a coffee morning, to jumping out a plane – Barrovians do not shy away from helping out charities.


Despite having around 300 volunteers a year, St Mary’s Hospice needs many more. It may seem like a huge number, but with exciting new developments in the community and a furniture warehouse in a new and bigger location, the charity is on the lookout for new volunteers.

The roles in which people volunteer are varied but equally important. Some are undertaken solely by volunteers, for example. Community Neighbours. Some roles support staff to deliver a service e.g. Living Well afternoons or in the Orangery Cafe. There are nearly 20 different roles, some patient-facing, dealing directly with the patients and their families, some non-patient facing. Wherever the time is given, it contributes massively to who they are and what they do as a hospice.

Without volunteers the services the hospice offers would not be possible:

"We are keen to encourage anyone who wants to volunteer and as we develop more services at our Duke Street building, Barrow we will need more volunteers to help at Living Well sessions. For the younger person (16 to 25yrs) wanting to volunteer we have introduced a recognition programme awarding certificates for the hours of time they give. Young people can link their volunteering experience to other awards they may be doing e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizenship Award. We award certificates at 25, 50 & 75 hours donated and offer them work experience and a reference."

If you are thinking of volunteering a few hours a week, it can make a big difference to the type of care they can offer to our local communities.

Please get in touch with our volunteering team on 01229 580305 and email volunteers@stmaryshospice.org.uk
 

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