Who can volunteer?
We pride ourselves on having a volunteering opportunity for everyone – people over 18 are welcome to apply to volunteer in the Hospice itself, and people under 18 can give a great deal and improve their CVs offering event help, and working in our shops (Saturday mornings or afternoons are always welcome!), or our Sunday Sorting sessions. If you work full time, again retail or event volunteering, and weekend and evening ward or reception volunteering are great options for both us, and for you with shifts as often as you like, or as little as one two hour shift per month! You may have a little more time in the week, if so your local support groups all over Cheshire East are looking for more members to fundraise and spread the word about the Hospice! There are a few roles within the Hospice itself (often reception, dementia and ward volunteering) that we frequently recruit for, and if we don’t have an opening at the moment then we’llkeep your interest on file for three months and let you know when we do.
We follow up references on all our volunteers, roles within the Hospice are subject to a DBS check (free for volunteers), and a little annual training. We train all our volunteers in their roles, and no one will ever be asked to volunteer until they feel fully comfortable in the role. Below are a few ideas of where you might like to volunteer, and what our volunteers get out of their time with us.
Spotlight on Community Volunteering
With Dementia affecting 1 in 14 people in our community, East Cheshire Hospice is proud to play its part. You can help us to deliver amazing care that helps with person with early stage dementia, and their carer too. A volunteer is matched up with a person, based on shared interests so they can enjoy shared interests, whilst giving their carer a few hours break, during which time they could get their hair done, meet friends, take exercise, or whatever suits them. This can take place any time during the day and we ask the volunteer to commit to a couple of hours, once a week or fortnight. No personal care is involved, and full support will be given to you throughout training and volunteering, so you can concentrate on enjoying making a real difference to the life of the person and their carer.
You don’t need to have had any previous experience of working with people with dementia – a caring nature and a willingness to learn are our only requirements!
For an informal chat contact Helena Smith on 01625 664984, or email HSmith@echospice.org.uk
Can you help in our shops?
We have three charity shops and often our customers have personal ties to the Hospice and they may have a story behind their donations. It’s sociable work at the heart of our community and our retail volunteers act as ambassadors for the Hospice, extending the caring ethos of the Hospice to them in taking the time to listen to their experiences, but it goes without saying that working as a vital part of our retail team, you will be helping to raise the £7,500 per day we need to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients and their loved ones. If you’d like to find out more about how you can support our customers and help to fund the care we deliver then please e-mail: HSmith@echospice.org.uk, apply using the application form below or pop into any of our shops where you can have chat with the manager or a volunteer and we can arrange for you to play shop for an hour.
East Cheshire Hospice has three shops, and we are particularly looking to recruit on Fridays and Saturdays in our Thornton Square shop, and on Sundays and Fridays in our Handforth shop. Here our volunteers receive donations, sort, price and display goods given to us by supporters in our community.
Young people and Work Experience
For work experience, more information on our work experience can be found here www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/jobs/work-experience/ We welcome younger applicants, aged 14-18 including Duke of Edinburgh in our shops where you can really improve your CV with soft skills such as teamwork, time management, problem solving and communication with our warm and friendly team – as well as raising valuable funds for your local hospice.
We recognise that we play a part in developing the counsellors of the future, and from time to time, are able to offer a limited number of placements directly through Macclesfield college, applications for which are processed via the teaching staff there, and not via our volunteering service. Due to the size of the organisation, we regret that we are unable to take on additional placements from other establishments.