I first started at Alice House Hospice as a Volunteer back in 2016 and after six months I was offered a permanent job!
Since then I have worked behind reception, alongside the Fundraising Team and now as a Digital Communications Assistant; this means I am the face behind the Hospice social media!
My job is to raise as much awareness of Alice House Hospice as possible by spreading the word about what we do, who we help and who helps us. This is so important as Alice House relies on the donations of our kind supporters to fund the ongoing care.
I love my job so much! I get to share with you all everything we do at Alice House, it’s so lovely to read your comments and kind messages and learn about how the Hospice has helped so many of you in so many different ways.
I was first introduced to the Hospice by my mam Janet, who is a cook in the kitchen. She explained to me how volunteers are always needed and even brought me the application form to fill in; I wouldn’t have the job I do if it wasn’t for her.
When sharing pictures of the kitchen staff there are always so many comments about how wonderful they are. It makes me so proud that my mam is part of that incredible team and I get to work alongside her almost every day.
Before I started working here I never really knew much about hospice care and, as a young person, was quite naïve in thinking I would never have to experience the death of a loved one until much later in life. Working at the Hospice, I now realise that death is just a part of life and can affect anyone at any age.
Working at Alice House has made me a better person; I am surrounded by such passionate and caring individuals who I respect so much. I have seen many families grieve, laugh and make memories they will never forget.
The Hospice gives people a chance to live the end of their lives to the best of their ability, surrounded by the people they love the most.
The Hospice isn’t just where people go to die though, which is what a lot of people believe. There are so many more things that happen here; we have patients that visit for lots of different reasons and even have a Wellbeing Centre where people can get holistic treatments, from meditation to crafting or a full body massage.
As a volunteer at the Hospice I was extremely shy and quiet at first, I didn’t have a lot of work experience and was completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone here helped me grow into the much more confident and professional person that I am today.”