I’ve been volunteering at the Hospice for 2 ½ months as a volunteer Physiotherapist. I graduated last summer from University of East London and spent a short while working as a physiotherapist at the Royal London Hospital before I returned home to the Darvell Bruderhof at Robertsbridge.
I wanted a place where I could gain more experience in palliative care. that could be part time and flexible, I also wanted to use the skills I have to support the Hospice. I volunteer at the Hospice 2 days a week, I mostly work in the Wellbeing programme leading exercise classes and seeing patients for one to one assessments and appointments. If I have time I also see patients on the In-Patient Unit. When I am not working at the Hospice I help out within various roles at the Darvell Bruderhof. It is a good balance, and the skills I am learning and developing at the Hospice are transferable to work I do in my community.
I am glad to have the time to spend with patients and build relationships with them, I also really enjoy working with the staff and other volunteers. As a Physiotherapist I am able to help my patients achieve their goals and maintain independence. Volunteering at the is not only is it a worthwhile place to donate your time and skills, but it is a great way to gain experience and learn new skills.