Volunteers celebrated at the Hospice

Throughout Volunteers Week (1st -7th June 2021), we will be thanking volunteers for their contribution to the Hospice, and showcasing the benefits they have on the local community.

Janis a Telephone Befriender volunteer, explains what volunteering means her; “I started volunteering for the Hospice on reception, but since then I’ve also volunteered as a Wellbeing Telephone Support volunteer and most recently as a Telephone Befriender. I’ve been able to volunteer from home over the last year, mostly over the phone, but also meeting other volunteers and staff for meetings online. Volunteering at the Hospice is a life-changing experience. 

Over the last year I’ve realised some people are very isolated, and it can be difficult to make new connections. A weekly chat can really help someone to regain a sense of belonging, and bring them back into a community that they were once a part of, which is such a lovely thing to be able to do.

I think the pandemic has really made us all aware of our vulnerabilities, and shown us how important our community is to us. I provide support remotely now, which sounds remote, but strangely it’s not, l now have a closer, more intimate relationship with the people l talk to. It’s given me the opportunity to connect more, putting myself aside and really giving the other person the time to express themselves.

One of the most positive advantages of volunteering is that it teaches you so much, and l often feel l am gaining more than the people l am helping. You learn about yourself through focusing on someone else.”

Councillor James Bacon, Mayor of Hastings, also celebrated the Hospice volunteers by sharing a special message “Thank you for your care, time and dedication in our community”. 

For current volunteer opportunities, click here.

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