How you can help
Many services provided by Wigan & Leigh Hospice are dependent on the goodwill of our generous volunteers.
If you'd like to help by volunteering, take a look through some of the common roles for which we more frequently need help - and then get in touch.
Our reception is staffed throughout the day, with volunteer assistance. During the evenings and weekends, reception is run entirely by volunteers. Tasks include: responding to telephone enquiries; receiving visitors and performing routine clerical duties such as undertaking simple administration.
Our day hospice provides a happy, friendly environment in which patients can meet and talk to others with similar illnesses. Volunteer drivers provide transportation between the hospice and home - and other volunteers assist the staff by serving refreshments, meals and conversing with patients or even playing dominoes, cards and other games with them.
Crafts and diversional therapies
These are offered by the day hospice. Volunteers with an aptitude for this type of activity can pass on their skills to patients. Typical skills include painting, glass painting, making greeting cards and so on.
Our inpatient wards offer a safe, caring environment for all our patients. Volunteers can help by serving refreshments, laying out trays for meals, helping at meal times, talking to patients and their visitors, reading to them or just being there.
Entertaining patients and carers
You may have a talent for singing, playing an instrument or performing magical tricks - and want to do this for our patients, perhaps as a one-hour session each week or month.
Driving, using your own car
We provide transport for patients to and from our day hospice. We also require intermittent transport help for such occasions as patients travelling to The Christie or the local infirmary. Your vehicle must have comprehensive insurance. Travelling expenses are reimbursed.
The minibus is used to bring patients to and from the hospice. We need both drivers and escorts. Drivers need to have at least 2 years' general driving experience - no special licence is required and full training is given.
Van drivers/driver's mate
These vans service the hospice shops, picking up collections and deliveries to and from customers' homes. There is some furniture removal involved.
Enthusiastic amateur gardeners are always very welcome to help keep the hospice's gardens looking attractive and tidy.
Help is welcome in the kitchen to support our head cook. Duties might include using the dishwasher, washing-up by hand, or preparing salads and sandwiches for lunches.
Our charity shops provide a valuable contribution to the hospice's funds and are staffed entirely by volunteers. The shops are situated in Wigan, Newtown, Golborne, Atherton, Shevington, Ashton, Leigh, Pemberton, Platt Bridge, Standish, Tyldesley and Hindley. Tasks may include any of the following: sorting, preparing and pricing stock prior to sale; point-of-sale desk duties, maintaining good customer relations and, for some, helping with window displays.
This is our virtual shop. Tasks may include preparing goods for auction, possible pricing research on some items, entering item details on the computer and packing items which have been sold. No prior experience required.
Home support service
This community service provides patients with company, usually for a few hours, so that the carer can take a break - perhaps to go shopping.
We are always looking for enthusiastic and active people who will promote the hospice and fundraise in their locality. Hours are flexible and can be adapted to suit your commitments.
Bereavement support service
For this role, volunteers undergo careful selection and receive initial and ongoing training, combined with supervision. The role is to provide emotional support to the bereaved carer, who could be experiencing difficulty in the grieving process.
Trained hairdressers are certainly a bonus! However, our patients love to have their hair washed and blow-dried, so specialist training isn't always required for this role.