Volunteers are lifeblood in keeping Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice alive

St John's Hospice are making a shout-out for volunteers.

St John's Hospice are making a shout-out for volunteers. - Credit: Archant

A hospice which needs to raise £3,800 every day to stay open has issued a shout-out for volunteers.

St John’s Hospice is looking for people to fill regular volunteer roles and occasional help positions at the Moggerhanger site.

At the hospice, the volunteer department has roles that include helping in the patient care areas, gardening, supporting events, reception, bereavement, befriending and shop volunteers.

The befriending service at St John’s has been going for just over a year and supports around 30 people in their own homes.

The service is completely volunteer led and a typical day could involve supporting someone to go out, sitting and having a chat or just being there, during difficult periods.

Viv Tannis, who is befriending and voluntary services co-ordinator at the 15-bed hospice, said: “We are hoping that the variety of roles will appeal to people who enjoy being active and helping in various ways.

“Volunteers can also gain invaluable work experience and develop skills needed to thrive in a work environment.

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“We always try to match a volunteer’s interests, skills and aspirations to the roles needed by the charity, to ensure a positive and rewarding experience.”

The hospice has been providing the community with palliative care and support since opening in 1980. It now cares for people aged 18 and over who are living with conditions such as cancer, heart failure and lung disease.

Anyone interested in a volunteer role can call 01767 642445 or email Vivienne.Tannis@suerydercare.org.