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VOLUNTEERING The newsletter of The Hospice of St Francis
Celebrating 10 years at Spring Garden Lane
Over 200 of our volunteers have been with us since the Hospice moved to our Spring Garden Lane site in 2007 and along with 700 newer faces, are vital to the smooth-running running of the Hospice. Thank you to each and every one of you – we couldn’t run the Hospice without you!
Soon after moving to the new building, our children’s supportive care and carers support volunteer teams were established to help those a ected by a loved one’s illness and we now have 39 people working in these areas.
Today, we have 273 volunteers working in
our shops, including our traditional charity shops, pre-loved homeware store Returned
to Glory and number twenty in Berkhamsted. Every volunteer’s commitment helps us to raise vital income to support our work.
In ten years, the number of student volunteers working with us has grown, with many volunteering with us as part of citizenship schemes, or to increase employability. We
are looking forward to Student Volunteer
Week (20-26 February 2017) and welcome applications from students throughout the year.
We have launched a successful Return to
facts from the
last ten years!
We had fewer than 22 roles ten years ago but now have 50 di erent voluntary opportunities!
Our ebay team started in 2007 in a corner of the new building with one member of sta  but now has 25 volunteers packing and listing items to maximise the value of our donations.
Our gardens have been transformed thanks entirely to volunteers. Currently, we have over 35 volunteer gardeners who work in all weathers to maintain our seven acres and develop new areas to enhance the tranquil, therapeutic environment for patients and visitors.
Work scheme. As we look to the future we plan to extend our work experience opportunities for young people and those looking to change career.
A snapshot of our current volunteers!
New volunteer,
Zak Tomlin, 16,
West Herts College student
“My role is very varied and involves stacking boxes, moving stock around, helping with storing stu  and helping
in the Berkhamsted shop as needed. It is good to volunteer because I get a taste of a working environment, I meet people of all ages, I get a buzz out of helping plus it will look good on my CV. Furthermore, I am gaining new skills which are always helpful in any area of life!”
Glynis Sutton, IPU volunteer, from Tring
Glynis was the  rst new volunteer to join the Hospice at the brand new Spring Garden Lane site in January 2007. Having seen the
wonderful care her late friend Bridget received from the Hospice’s team at the original Shrublands Road building, Glynis felt inspired to join the Inpatient Unit volunteer team to give back to her local Hospice. Glynis did her
Inpatient Unit training shift at Shrublands Road before undertaking her  rst evening shift on the new Inpatient Unit at Spring Garden Lane. Re ecting on ten years at the new site, Glynis said, “It’s been fascinating to see how the Hospice has developed and grown in the ten years that I have been a volunteer. I feel like the organisation has really grounded itself in the wider community and is reaching more people than ever. Being a volunteer here is such a ful lling role and it feels like a positive community to be part of.”
Return to work volunteer, Les Carter, 31, from High eld
“From the age of 16, I started working as a chef but it wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve done a bit
of everything but then when I went on the Job Seekers Allowance, the job centre suggested I do a work placement. I went into the High eld shop myself and asked if I could do my placement with them. The manager said I could and I started the next week! There’s a nice atmosphere here!
You know you can do the work, have a break, and then get back to it without anyone breathing down your neck, but you get it all done and it’s fun. It’s been good for me and I’m now self- employed, as a cycle mechanic, but I still want
to give some time to the Hospice shop.”
Join the team
Come and join our team! We are keen to  nd sta  and volunteers
to support various areas across the Hospice, each bringing their unique skills and experience.
Details of roles we are currently recruiting to can be found on the website: or you can contact the HR
& Voluntary Services team on 01442 869557. Do also look out for details of our volunteer recruitment open days coming in the spring.
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After a year of supporting our Kings Langley charity shop, Jasmine (pictured) is now working in retail and hopes
to start an apprenticeship in this  eld.

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