Celebrating our volunteers
Each year from the 1st-7th June is Volunteers Week, when organisations across the country celebrate the amazing contribution volunteers make. This campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England which has since merged with NCVO, now the lead for the national campaign.
“Our Volunteers should never underestimate the contribution they make to Alice House Hospice and we want them to know they are a valuable part of the team here.”
Nicola Haggan, Senior Manager Corporate Services
Here at Alice House we have almost 100 volunteers working in all areas of the organisation from patient care to the kitchen and from the charity shops to the Hospice gardens.
Nicola Haggan, Senior Manager Corporate Services said, “Our Volunteers should never underestimate the contribution they make to Alice House Hospice and we want them to know they are a valuable part of the team here.”
Nicola continued “In 2015, volunteers contributed more than £22.bn to the UK economy and in 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.”
Rebecca Jobson, Senior Manager Fundraising said, “We hold events throughout the year to raise money for the Hospice and our army of fundraising volunteers help on the days of the events, take photographs, distribute raffle prizes to pubs and clubs and pick up collection boxes from shops and businesses; there are so many ways they help that there isn’t room to list them all here.”
Karen Witherley, Senior Manager Retail said, “Our charity shops are run almost entirely by volunteers and the opportunities are huge. In 2017/18 our shops raised an amazing £653,000 for the Hospice and I would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to every one of our volunteers for their time and dedication.”
Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to the community, and helping others makes you feel great in return. As well as helping others, volunteering can improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.
If you would like to join Alice House as a volunteer please visit the link below.