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Why volunteer?

Our volunteers, what they do, and how to get involved

Volunteers make a huge contribution to the work of Prospect Hospice, and our 900-plus volunteers are part of the heart of our work.

These days everyone has a different reason for wanting to volunteer with us:

  • Making new friends.
  • Giving time and skills to your local community.
  • Learning new skills.
  • Boosting your CV.
  • Completing that Volunteer section on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Making a difference, to others and to you.

People choose to volunteer for so many reasons and they all have one thing in common – they want to support our work, our patients and our community. We aim to make sure that you feel well supported and valued, and that the time you give us helps us and helps you reach your personal goals.

We do everything we can to make your experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible:

  • Full training is given.
  • Regular support is provided.
  • Hours are flexible.
  • You can claim out of pocket expenses.

Fourteen is the minimum age for volunteering with us, in our shops. If you’re under sixteen, we’ll need your parent or guardian’s permission. Our managers are happy to support young people starting out in the world of work, completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, or boosting their CV and personal statement.

If you have the skills, experience or time to join Prospect Hospice volunteers, please take a look at our current opportunities.

 

 

 

What our volunteers say...

Listen to Swindon 105.5’s interview (below) with a few of our shop volunteers, and our Voluntary Services Recruitment Officer Graham Biggs, about what it’s like to volunteer for Prospect Hospice:

 

Quotes from our volunteers:

Richard Dyball – Royal Wootton Bassett shop volunteer

Volunteer Richard Dyball is in his seventies but puts in the effort of someone half his age, volunteering for three days a week in our Gorse Hill shop, and two days a week in our Royal Wootton Bassett shop.

“When I retired from the hotel industry, my family were worried about how I’d cope with not being around so many people any more. A friend suggested that I volunteer for Prospect Hospice and, five years on, I’ve never looked back! Volunteering in the shops is fun and fulfilling. I like meeting lots of people, and some people come into the shop every day for a chat. We hear some great feedback from people who know someone who has been looked after by the hospice. The range of stock we get is really interesting too – anything from vases, to valuable necklaces, and even mobility scooters. I enjoy volunteering here as much today as I did when I first started. In fact, when I have some free time I tend to pop in and lend a hand for a few extra hours.”

Angela Ruck – volunteer receptionist at Prospect Hospice, Wroughton

Angela Ruck has been volunteering on reception at Prospect Hospice for over twelve years. She volunteers once a fortnight, on a Wednesday.

“When I first retired I worked in a garden centre – it was nice to not stop working altogether. Around a year later, I heard from a friend that Prospect Hospice were looking for volunteers, so I decided to apply. They trained you in everything back then – driving patients around, working in the pantry on the In-Patient Unit (IPU), and at reception, amongst other things. When I was training I had a few health problems and I didn’t feel strong enough in myself to be able to support patients on the IPU or to drive the minibus. I found the work on reception interesting though, so I decided to try that, and now I’ve been here for twelve years! I really enjoy meeting new people and keeping busy – so it’s perfect.”

 

Rosalind ‘Ros’ Mitchell – home support volunteer

Ros joined Prospect Hospice back in 2018 and was immediately attracted to the home support role.

“I have been linked up with several patients in my role and I love popping out to see them once a week for a bit of companionship. We get to discuss the current news and sport and sometimes go out for a coffee or an ice cream if the weather is good. With my new lady, we have been out to Lechlade to watch the ducks, visited Lydiard Park and often go out for a slice of cake. On other occasions we sit and play cards. It gives the family a break and I get to meet new people and make friends. This role gives me a great feeling of satisfaction and I know it brings happiness to the patient. You get to choose how long the visits last and also when you are going to meet up.”

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