Jersey Hospice Care are celebrating Volunteers’ Week with a tea party this weekend, to say thank you and reflect on the fantastic contribution made by all the charity’s volunteers over the past year.
Volunteers’ Week takes place every year between 1 and 7 June as a way of recognising the importance of volunteers’ contributions to charities and grassroots community projects. It aims to inspire others to come forward and do something rewarding for their community.
Jersey Hospice Care’s team of over 400 volunteers give more than 25,000 hours of their time to Hospice every year or the equivalent of 12 full-time employees. Volunteer roles include everything from helping with mealtimes on the In-Patient Unit, selling Million Pound Lottery tickets, marshalling at events,sorting and stocking the retail shops, to qualified bereavement support counsellors who augment the Bereavement and Emotional Support Service or supporting the charity through sitting on the Board of Trustees.
Hospice Volunteer, Rosemary Stock, said: “Volunteering at Jersey Hospice Care makes me feel very happy. I look forward to all my shifts and it gives me a sense of achievement. If you have any spare time, use it to volunteer. You will meet some lovely new people and will feel good about yourself. You can give a little or a lot of time to volunteering, but even a couple of hours will really help.”
Later this year Hospice will be launching a new volunteer service called ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ which supports individuals in the community who have a life limiting diagnosis.The aim of the service is to help reduce feelings of loneliness or social isolation through a weekly visit. Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers, and they provide friendship, a listeningear and other kinds of support, for example, help with light duties around the house or a bit of shopping.
Jersey Hospice Care’s Volunteer Manager, Loraine Fulton, said: “On behalf of everyone at Jersey Hospice Care, we’d like to say a huge thank you to our volunteers.Their support and dedication truly help us to continue to deliver our services to the people in our community who need it.Without our volunteers, we would be unable tomaintain the quality of service that we provide to people with life limiting illnesses and their families.”
To find out more about volunteering opportunities at Jersey Hospice Care, please visit www.jerseyhospicecare.com or get in touch with Loraine by calling 786159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.