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VOLUNTEERING The newsletter of The Hospice of St Francis
Our team of over 1000 volunteers is integral to the work of The Hospice of St Francis. They help to raise money, care for patients, welcome visitors, support families, highlight our work and keep everything running smoothly.
Join the team
• CharityShops–volunteerinoneofourshopsinBerkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley or Marshalswick to help raise valuable funds and be the face of our charity.
• ComplementaryTherapists–weareseekingqualifiedtherapists, particularly those trained in aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. This role involves supporting patients and family members on our Inpatient Unit. Experience of working in a clinical setting is desirable.
• Stalls–wearelookingforvolunteerstosetupandmanaHospice stall at fairs and fetes across our catchment area.
For more information about these and other voluntary opportunities, please visit: or call Gillian in Voluntary Services on 01442 869550.
Lisa’s story...
Lisa Christie, 32, (pictured above with our Voluntary Services Coordinator Gillian Van Der Merwe and trustee Victoria Moore) uses her skills to support the work of the Hospice and, even after 10 years, she is still finding new things to do at our Abbots Langley charity shop.
Lisa recently received a badge and certificate from the Hospice to celebrate her decade of volunteering each week in our shop.
“I like working with Charlotte, Trevor and Jean. Trevor makes me laugh all the time,” Lisa said. But her favourite thing about volunteering in the shop is the biscuits!
“Everybody in the village knows Lisa and enjoys her warm welcome,” said Charlotte Horscroft, the shop manager. “She’s always smiling and so bubbly, and is great to work with.”
We’re hoping Lisa is going to continue to volunteer for another 10 years and share her passion for volunteering (and biscuits!) with the wider community.
Student Volunteer Week
It’s Student Volunteer Week 2016 (SVW16) from February 22nd to 28th. We have over 130 students who support us with their time, most of whom are under 25. Each student enhances their learning through volunteering in our Inpatient Unit, office, reception, shops or at events.
Natascia Mateu-Bueso, a teacher at Berkhamsted School, helps sixth form students to find suitable volunteer roles within the Hospice and other organisations. “It’s an incredibly rewarding role, as I see such a completely different side to students compared to what I see in the classroom. What surprises the students is just how much they get out of theexperience–notonlyintermsofchallengingtheirperspective,but also the valuable professional skills they develop on their placements, such as team working and problem solving.”
Ian Cheese, a long-standing volunteer, mentors students joining our Inpatient Unit and says: “Many students who volunteer in the IPU are planning careers in medicine. I am regularly impressed by their level of confidence, enthusiasm and commitment
which is well beyond their years. It is a pleasure to guide them through what is probably their first contact with seriously ill people.”
John Budding (pictured, right) volunteered to assist his studies in nutrition.
To hear more about our student volunteers during SVW16, follow us on Twitter: @hospicstfrancis
In their own words...
We asked our volunteers to describe their experience of volunteering with the Hospice and this is what they said:
Visit our website to find out how you can get involved: p7

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