Covid-19 is affecting us all but Prospect Hospice remains operational in order to support the increasing number of our community needing end of life support. Here you'll find lots of information about the virus and information and advice that we think will help you at this time.
Prospect Hospice has been providing end of life care to the people of Swindon and north east Wiltshire for over 40 years. Find out more about where we've come from and who we are here.
Find out about the range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These are designed to provide compassionate, personalised support during every stage of a life-limiting illness in every kind of care setting, to anyone who needs it, free of charge.
We couldn’t do what we do without considerable support from our local community. Find out all the different ways in which you can support Prospect Hospice, including fundraising, volunteering and purchasing from our shops. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Our volunteers, what they do, and how to get involved
These days everyone has a different reason for wanting to volunteer with us:
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:
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.
“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 nearly fourteen years! I really enjoy meeting new people and keeping busy – so it’s perfect.”
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.”
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 comp
anionship. 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.”
Prospect Hospice is a working name of Prospect Hospice Limited. Registered Office: Moormead Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9BY. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (1494909) and a charity registered in England and Wales (280093)Website designed & built by Boson Web