Specialists in palliative care

What is it like Volunteering for St John’s Hospice?

We asked some of our volunteers to share their experiences with you – we hope they will enthuse you to be part of the much-valued St John’s Volunteer Hospice Team:

Peter – Volunteer Gardener

My wife volunteered here and encouraged me to take a look around. The timing to come and volunteer here all fell into place. I had retired to look after my parents and when sadly they passed away I realised I needed a new purpose; for me retirement isn’t all it’s cracked out to be. I need a drive, I need a purpose and when I came here to St John’s I realised ‘this is me’. This is the best place for me to be, I love my work here and as for my hours – well they are directed by what the plants and allotment need!
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Allan - Maintenance Team Volunteers

“Volunteering here at St John’s is brilliant. I love the fact that when you come in everyday there is something different to do. I can be fixing things on the ward, building a bike shelter or repairing anything around the hospice – it’s never boring. I don’t like a routine so this suits me down to the ground and it’s suited me for almost six years now.

I came here because I wanted to do something to help, when you know people who have passed away here or been helped here; you know you want to give back for what the Hospice has given others. I used to think that the Hospice treated only cancer patients but now I know differently because people come here for help with all sorts of illnesses.

I lost a family member here recently so I truly appreciate the first class service this Hospice provides and it has made me appreciate even more how fortunate I am to be able to play a very small part of this wonderful Hospice team.

Volunteering here works for me, I feel appreciated and work with brilliant people and it nice to know that I am giving something back.”
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Stephen - Maintenance Team Volunteers

“Like many people one of my first experiences of St John’s Hospice was the Moonlight Walk; I offered to be a marshal or steward. The fundraising events are great fun and on one occasion I found myself doing a run in a grass skirt! For me St John’s was the obvious place to come to help. I know a few people who have come to the Hospice; some to stay for end of life care and some who come for treatment and go home again. I’ve always been impressed with the care and compassion you see here. When I started volunteering here I knew I’d made the right choice. Working with the maintenance team is perfect for me because there’s a lot of variety; from furniture removal, to collecting supplies from the Infirmary, to general repairs, painting and jobs like putting up shelves. The staff here are great too so I’m on to a winner! “
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Corporate and Community Organisation Volunteering

Corporate Social Responsibility
In the midst of changing times your community is there for you. Many organisations choose to support a charity and although we are obviously biased we would love you to consider supporting a local charity!

St John’s Hospice is a local charity that touches the lives of thousands of patients and families every year because of its palliative care. And we need your support.

So, whether you have a few hours, a day or a different timescale, you can make a significant contribution to your local community.
Why volunteer with St John’s Hospice?
Spending time fundraising or volunteering with St John’s is rewarding for employees: it can give time away from work, encourage teamwork, bond teams, make new experiences and enable people to really feel part of their local community. Your customers will be impressed too!

What can you do?

Great team experiences that can also support mental and physical health can include:
Time in the fresh air helping to maintain our grounds and gardens, which a real source of pride for the Hospice. Their peaceful tranquillity is perfect for patients and their families to spend time in, and the fruit and veg grown by our volunteer gardeners helps to feed patients, staff and the public, delicious and nutritious fresh food. Fruit and veg as well as plants and flowers are also sold to raise money to support patient care.
Painting – we don’t need any qualifications in art – just enthusiasm!
Window cleaning (we have over 500 windows), yes really 😊
Fundraising – we need to raise over £3million each year to keep the hospice services running in the Hospice and in patient homes. That means there are lots of exciting events and fundraising activities happening throughout our region from Garstang to Grasmere. Whether that is a collection box in your office, a cake bake, helping with an event, sponsoring an event, providing a raffle prize – there are hundreds of ways you can support St Joh’s no matter how scarce your time is.
Please get in touch if you think you can help – it would Help your community and help your organisation. Thank you for thinking of us.
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