We love our Volunteers!
1-7th June 2017 was National Volunteers week and celebrated volunteers working in organisations across the UK.
Alice House Hospice has 250 volunteers who work across all areas of the organisation. It can be surprising to think how you can help by volunteering, and some people don’t think that their skills are transferrable.
Did you know... ... volunteering can be a route into employment ... the Hospice’s Board of Trustees are all volunteers ... all skills are valued whether you want to spend time with patients, make tea and coffee or have business skills which can be put to good use
Three Hospice Trustees explain how their skills help the Hospice.
Annaliese Barber is a solicitor specialising in Private Client work, she said, “Being a Private Client Solicitor means that I have a lot of contact with people who have had a loved one who has been cared for in the Hospice. I have visited the Hospice on many occasions to see clients in my professional capacity. My firm also takes part in the annual Make a Will Month raising money for the Hospice and many members of staff take part in fundraising.”
Paul Jones-King is a Clinical Advisor who said, “I believe that as a member of the Board of Trustees, I will be able to contribute to the vision, strategy and direction of the Hospice. Using previous skills and experiences not only from my time working in industry but also from my time working in health care I feel I can contribute to the board ensuring good governance for the clinical operation of the organisation as well as helping to ensure the Hospice fulfils its charitable objectives. I have a particular focus on Clinical Services, in particular in ensuring good governance, to maintain the high standards required by Alice House Hospice and to meet the Care Quality Commission standards (safe, responsive, well led and delivered in a compassionate manner) in order to provide the best possible care for patients.”
Karen Martin is a self-employed Marketing Consultant and explains her reasons for becoming a Trustee, “I wanted to join Alice House and support the team in the fantastic work that they do. Government budgets which support hospices have been slashed and an increasing emphasis is placed on fundraising to ensure the continuity of care provided by Alice House in Hartlepool and East Durham.
I work with an amazing group of people in the Fundraising Team, who have the challenging task of ensuring we achieve income targets. I provide support and advice to ensure we obtain maximum exposure from our activities.”
To find out more visit the Volunteering section of our website.