I’m currently studying for my degree to become a Social Worker, and l wanted to gain some palliative care experience. I knew I would learn a lot at the Hospice and they would support me, so 6 months ago I joined the Wellbeing team as a volunteer.
I volunteer one day a week, welcoming patients, checking in with them and seeing how they are, assisting patients to access activities and providing support during the exercise classes.
Things have changed quite a bit since lockdown, I now support patients over the phone, volunteering from home. Of course, when you call everyone tends to say they’re fine! It takes a bit of careful delving to check this is really the case. Some patients I speak to are feeling a bit anxious and isolated as they haven’t been able to see their friends or family for a while, or are worried about the virus. Hearing a friendly voice and having that regular chat is reassuring.
I love volunteering, I really feel part of the team. I dial in on meetings now, and l’m welcomed and made to feel valued for what l can give. I miss the team terribly, they’ve been so willing to share their knowledge, which is rare.