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Volunteering to help hospice patients is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. But how do you know if such a role is right for you, or how to get involved if you are interested? In this post, we’ll cover exactly how to become a hospice volunteer and why you should get involved, as well as current volunteer opportunities at Hospice in the Weald (working with both children and adults).
If you have landed on this page, then you probably already know the answer to this question! However, it’s good to take stock just to make sure this is the best volunteering opportunity for you.
In general, you’ll be an excellent candidate if you are:
If you are kind, patient and passionate about helping others – like our volunteers Carol and Pauline, pictured here – then you are a wonderful candidate to volunteer for Hospice in the Weald. Apply to our open volunteer positions below!
You’ve determined that you will make a great volunteer – now to get into the application and approval process! First off, you’ll need to figure out where you want to volunteer. Have a look at:
You’ll then need to apply to volunteer for that specific hospice, a process which typically isn’t too arduous. Important questions you’ll likely have to answer include:
You may also be asked to undergo a background check to ensure you have no criminal record or liability issues. Then once accepted, you’ll receive any specialty guidance or training required of your role!
As you embark on this role, make sure to check in with yourself regularly. Are things proceeding roughly as expected? How are you holding up emotionally? Do you feel you could be doing more – or should be doing less? Be honest with yourself and ask for help if needed; overextending yourself only does a disservice to you and those you’re trying to help.
If you feel apprehensive about volunteering with people who are currently receiving hospice care (for any reason – these feelings are entirely valid!), you can still make a difference by volunteering in one of our charity shops. For those who live near a shop and have a few hours a week to give, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.
We have volunteer opportunities of every stripe available at Hospice in the Weald! Whether you’re interested in personal care, volunteering in one of our shops or in our garden, helping out with counselling and/or spiritual services, or something else entirely, we can find the ideal volunteer role for you.
And while we offer a wide range of roles across multiple locations, the best part about volunteering with Hospice in the Weald is that you’ll be making a huge difference to the people for whom it matters most: those with life-limiting illnesses, those at the end of their lives, and their friends and family.
From volunteering directly with our hospice patients to working in our charity shops, you will be doing your bit to support these people in need – and nothing could possibly feel better than that.
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