St Andrew’s Hospice to honour 'incredible contribution' of people who give up their own time to help during Volunteers’ Week

St Andrew’s Hospice will honour the “incredible contribution” of people who give up their own time to help during Volunteers’ Week.

Running from June 3-9, the showcase will see the Airdrie hospice joining thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across the UK in recognising these selfless, crucial contributors.

As well as providing a crucial opportunity to thank volunteers and recognise the value of their time, passion and skills, Volunteers’ Week also acts as a chance to inspire others to give volunteering a go.

Throughout next week, the hospice will be highlighting the variety of jobs carried out by volunteers, the vital role they play in the organisation and local community and how you can get involved.

Joy Farquharson, chief executive of St Andrew’s Hospice, said: ‘We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers - they will never really know how many people they have helped.

“Currently, 659 volunteers undertake a wide variety of roles across the hospice; donating their time on a regular basis, we could not operate all of our services without them.

“But we’d love some more people to get involved in giving back to their community. Please pop along to our volunteer recruitment evening on June 6 and find out more about the different opportunities available.”

The recruitment event on Thursday, June 6, will be held at the hospice’s Henderson Street base from 4pm to 7pm.

Current volunteering vacancies include café and shop assistants, drivers and drivers’ buddies, retail administration and voluntary roles within the hospice’s outpatient and fundraising departments.

The event is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about these volunteering roles, meet staff and current volunteers, ask questions and pick up an application form.

Norma volunteers in the Dove Shop, located in the hospice and told Lanarkshire Live why she volunteers - and what she loves most about her role.

She explained: “I’ve been a volunteer with St Andrew’s Hospice since late 2019.

“Part of what I enjoy is the people contact - with patients, their families and other volunteers - and building relationships with them.

“I also enjoy working with all the beautiful stuff we sell in the shop and seeing all the new stock as it arrives.

“I assist customers with their purchases, helping them to choose gifts and wrapping the gifts up for them.

“Sometimes some of the patients want to buy their families gifts, so I enjoy helping them with that.

“I have realised that I am so much stronger in myself [since volunteering]. I’m much more resilient than I ever thought I could be and I’m finding out that there’s also a different kind of life for myself after losing my husband in 2019.

“It gives me a purpose to get up and get out in the morning and I think that’s been so good for me in so many ways.

“I think volunteering with St Andrew’s Hospice is a great thing to do; for your own self and for the hospice.

“It’s about giving something back, especially in my case, for the care my husband received here. It gives me such a sense of satisfaction, knowing that I’m helping other people.”

If you can spare a few hours each week and would like to join Norma and the St Andrew’s Hospice team, head along to the volunteer recruitment evening, email Recruitment.SAH@standrews.scot.nhs.uk or call 01236 766951.

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