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Support and development

Support and development

Supporting you as a volunteer

We want to make sure that all of our volunteers feel supported in their volunteer role at the hospice.

We do everything we can to make your volunteering experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Before you start volunteering, in whatever role you may have picked, we provide all the training you will need to ensure you are confident and supported in your role, including an in-depth induction. 
For some people it is quite a big step to start volunteering somewhere new, or for others it might be a challenge to come to the hospice for personal reasons. Whatever your circumstances, don’t worry, we will be there every step of the way to support you and ensure that everything goes smoothly.

As part of your induction you will learn about the hospice and all that we do, and the expectations of your role. You will also need to attend Non-Clinical Statutory Training which covers all the basics for you to be safe and happy in your role. This is a requirement for all staff and volunteers.  We also have a 'Meet the Hospice' session where you can hear from various staff about the hospice, helping to give you a well rounded idea of what everyone does.

You will be welcomed into the fold gradually, with the opportunity to understand how the whole charity operates.  

We have annual volunteer social events, which give the hospice team the opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone and also give you the opportunity to socialise with other volunteers.

In our 'Volunteer Consultative Forum' each department is represented by a volunteer from their team.  These volunteers play a key role in contributing towards organisational development, feeding back ideas and thoughts, and helping to disseminate information to their teams.