Hospice celebrates amazing volunteers

06 June 2016

This Volunteers Week (1-12 June), Wigan and Leigh Hospice is celebrating the dedication and support of its 800 volunteers who give up their own time every week to do their bit for patients in the borough living with a life-limiting illness.

The Hospice is very proud of its volunteers who work across a wide range of roles, which includes working as receptionists, drivers, gardeners, kitchen assistants, fundraisers, in administrative roles, as part of the eBay team and on the Inpatient Unit.

Half of the Hospice's volunteers - around 400 people - work in its 13 shops across the borough. The shops are staffed and managed entirely by volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators. They are supported by a full-time Retail Manager and two part-time Retail Assistants.

New Volunteers Recruited

Two new teams of volunteers have recently been recruited to support the Hospice's new Wellbeing Centre and the Hospice in Your Home team.

The Hospice in Your Home volunteers will offer support and companionship to patients in their own homes and the new Wellbeing Centre volunteers will be trained to provide a wide range of volunteering roles for the new service, which is due to launch later this year.

Sam Oakes, Volunteer Services Co-ordinator, said: "Without our volunteers, the Hospice simply could not carry on providing all of our services it does. Our volunteers enable us to operate with much lower costs so that our fundraising income can be spent directly in patient care.

"Our volunteers have many different reasons for wanting to volunteer. Many have a personal reason for wanting to help the Hospice but others find volunteering helps them to make new friends or develop new skills."

The Hospice is always looking for volunteers to help out at fundraising events or to organise their own events. There are currently two Community Support Groups operating in the borough. These CSGs consist of groups of individuals who work together to organise fundraising activities and events. Groups are currently operating in Winstanley and Pemberton. New members are welcome and people are also welcome to set up their own Community Support Groups in their own areas.

Also, the Hospice is always looking for businesses to join its Business Support Group or to spend a day helping the Hospice with some gardening or in the warehouse.

If you can help and would like to talk to someone about volunteering at the Hospice, please download an application form from www.wlh.org.uk or call Irene Cieplak or Sam Oakes on 01942 525566.


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