I started my training at the Hospice last summer, and took on my first client in October. My father in law died at the Hospice and l was blown away by the care he received. I hadn’t experienced anything like that before – the warmth in the building. Then my wife had bereavement counselling at the Hospice and she got so much from it. It was a really enlightening time for me.
I was a full-time Tattoo Artist for 25 years and people would tell me all sorts of things, I lost count of the times they would get up afterwards and say ‘Don’t tell anyone what l said will you’, it got me thinking that l might have good listening skills.
I’m currently studying for a diploma to become an Integrative Counsellor and needed a placement to obtain the required hours to develop my skills and gain experience. As a Bereavement Supporter, l provide an opportunity for people to work through the process of their grief. I’m a neutral person for them, and there are no judgements – that all gets left outside of the room.
I volunteer one day a week and it fits really well around college, and my work as a Support Worker supporting adults with Autism. Since lockdown I’m still able to support clients over the phone, it’s been a new challenge working with just one sense, as there’s no eye contact or body language to work with.
I’d recommend volunteering at the Hospice, it’s warm, welcoming and non-judgemental, and what happens there matters.