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Ways of Giving Time

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Here is a taste of the ways in which volunteers work across teams at the Hospice and further afield. 

At the Hospice

Reception Volunteer
Our volunteer receptionists provide a warm and friendly welcome for all visitors and users of the Hospice, as well as providing a helpful response to enquiries in person and over the phone. A minimum of one shift per week Monday – Sunday 9am-12 noon, 12-3pm, 3-6pm or 6-9pm. Ideally we would like you to be able to commit for at least 6 months to this role.

Catering
Could you help with serving morning drinks, afternoon tea, lunches or suppers to our inpatients? Volunteers support the preparation and serving of meals and light refreshments seven days per week. No experience is needed as full training will be given. 

Hairdressing
Qualified hairdressers provide welcoming pampering for our Day Hospice and Inpatients at the Hospice. If you could spare a few hours on an ad-hoc basis, we would love to hear from you.

Housekeeping
Do you enjoy keeping things ship shape and looking good? Our housekeeping volunteers support the staff team in keeping the Hospice looking its best. 

Day Hospice
Do you enjoy making people feel comfortable and being a welcoming host? Our Day Hospice team consists of volunteers who act as hosts for the patients, chatting with them, arranging quizzes and other activities, and serving refreshments.

We also have a number of volunteers with specific enthusiasms and skills, ranging from arts and crafts through to hairdressing and beauty therapy.

The Day Hospice team plan the activities on a 12 week rolling basis so please contact us if you feel you have a particular skill you could offer.

Complementary Therapy
Our qualified complementary therapy volunteers work alongside the staff team to offer a range of treatments to enhance patient wellbeing. Sorry, we are currently unable to offer placements or opportunities for those in training.

Chaplaincy and Bereavement Support
Our chaplaincy team provide spiritual and listening support for inpatients and those attending the Day Hospice.  If you have particular skills in relation to spiritual or listening support, please contact us for more information.  

Drivers
Do you enjoy driving and interacting with people? If so then we would welcome your help as a volunteer driver – either using your own car to bring patients into Day Hospice or driving the minibus. We also have some drivers who help us by running errands and transporting stock and supplies between the Hospice and our shops.   

Patient Escort
Alongside our drivers, patient escort volunteers support the drivers by ensuring that our Day Hospice patients are comfortable during their transport to and from the Hospice.

Gardening
Have you got green fingers? Your help in keeping our grounds and garden looking good throughout the season would be really welcome.  

Roles at Events and in our Shops

Event Volunteers
Whether you enjoy the buzz of helping a big event to run well, or want to make a huge impact with just a few hours of your time, events volunteering can be a really satisfying way to make a difference. What’s more, you can be assured that all funds raised will go directly back into patient care, so you’ll make a huge impact in just a few hours. This is a varied role which could include being outside, manning a stall at the summer fair or cheering at the finishing line. It could include working early mornings and late evenings, as well as weekends, on an ad-hoc basis.

Retail Volunteer at our shops in Chadderton, Lees, Oldham, Royton & Shaw
This volunteer role supports the operation of our shops, with the purpose of maximising sales, profitability and the positive perception of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Our shop volunteers tell us they enjoy the fantastic teamwork at the stores and knowing that every pound they raise goes directly back into patient care. This can be a physically demanding and fast paced role as it includes sorting and pricing goods, moving stock, merchandising and using a till. This role requires a regular commitment of around half a day, once a week.