Volunteer for New Year!

Is your New Year resolution to do something for others in the local community in 2017?

If so then East Cheshire Hospice may be able to help.

The Hospice is recruiting volunteers of all ages to assist with fundraising and with delivery of care to patients in our community.

There are a variety of roles, all crucial to the support network which makes a vital difference to patients with life-limiting illnesses at a time in their lives when they need help the most.

With more than 600 volunteers helping with everything from flower arranging to fundraising; general ward duties to promoting the lottery; complementary therapies to retail work, the Hospice’s volunteers are an integral part of the running of the organisation.

Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator Helena Smith said: "Our message is that if you think you can help then please get in touch. The Hospice wouldn't exist without our dedicated volunteers whose support frees up staff to use their skills to the best advantage.

"Volunteering is hugely rewarding and there's no age limit. For the young generation it's an opportunity to develop CVs, and also those soft skills which are so useful as they enter the world of work.

"We find our shops particularly useful for this, as younger people often volunteer one Saturday morning a fortnight to help towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

"Many of our volunteering roles fit in with those who are working, but want to ‘put something back’ in their own time and we offer flexibility with hours. For example, we have retail, fundraising, ward assistant and reception positions all available at evenings and weekends, with roles available as much or as little as you would like."

New caring roles for 2017 are rolling out the Hospice Dementia wellbeing project into the community, in which volunteers will care for a person with dementia while their carers are trained in dealing with the condition.

Helena added: "All voluntary positions are fully supported with excellent training – no-one starts until they feel happy and confident with their role."

* For more details go to eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/volunteer or call Helena on 01625 610364.