Ever thought about volunteering? Why not volunteer at your local hospice and make a difference to local people?

Two weeks after Ashgate Hospicecare launched their new volunteer campaign, the hospice is excited to announce that they have recruited over 15 new volunteers, with the list continuing to grow.

Jo Neill, Volunteer Development Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said:

“Ashgate Hospicecare simply couldn’t run without volunteers. They are absolutely vital. We have volunteers across all areas of the hospice, including in our shops, at events, serving meals to our patients in the Day Hospice and on the ward, supporting our admin teams, out in the community fundraising, public speaking about the hospice and in many more roles.

“We’re so pleased that more and more people are showing an interest in volunteering for the hospice. We’re grateful for each and every person who kindly donates their precious time here. As well as our volunteers playing a vital role in the day to day running of the hospice and in raising the funds needed to keep the hospice going, we also encourage our volunteers to develop their skills throughout their time here. We welcome all applications, so if you are interested and have a few hours a week to spare, please get in touch!”

Matching you and your skills to the right role can help you to find friends, connect with the community, gain new skills, and advance your career. Volunteering can also have some amazing wider health benefits, including reducing stress, combating depression, keeping you mentally stimulated and providing a sense of purpose.

David Jackson, who has volunteered at our Dronfield shop for four years said:

“I’ve suffered with depression and I know how tough life is when we’re going through these parts of our lives. So, I started volunteering at the shop to give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It has been the best thing that I’ve done in terms of recovery. Volunteering has simply given me my confidence back. This is a wonderful opportunity, believe me. Come and just spend a few hours volunteering and you will get an enormous amount out of it.”

Volunteering at Ashgate Hospicecare offers you the chance to help people in need and those in the wider community. However, the benefits of volunteering can be even greater for you! So, why not consider volunteering for your local hospice this New Year?

If you would like any more information about volunteering at Ashgate, please visit www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/volunteering/. Or you can get in touch with the Volunteering Team at volunteering@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or call 01246 568801.

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