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.
Supporting young local people to volunteer for their local hospice
We are proud to have nearly 90 young volunteers giving us their time all across Prospect Hospice. We work closely with schools and organisations in Swindon to ensure young people and those entering the Duke of Edinburgh award are able to kick start their future and learn an array of skills, meet new people and help give back to the community.
• Build Skills and Experience • Specific retail and customer service experience and the opportunity to gain NVQs • Boosts CV and UCAS forms • Work towards volunteering awards (Duke of Edinburgh)
Have a look at the profiles of some of our young volunteers explaining why they volunteer and their experiences so far.
If you are interested, and 14 years of age or above, please fill in the form below and a member of the Voluntary Services team will be in contact. Alternatively, you can pop in to your local Prospect Hospice shop and speak to the manager directly.
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer
Max is 14, also from Swindon, he is volunteering for his Duke of Edinburgh award since October 2018, can’t speak highly of volunteering, “ I knew about prospect Hospice through my Nan who is also a volunteer in one of the shops, I really enjoy coming in and sorting the DVDs and CDs. I have gained so many skills since being here and think it’s a great way for people to build up experience but also to meet new people.” Dorie, manager of the shop loves having the young volunteers there, “They are such a huge asset and we all enjoy having them here. I really do appreciate all the time they give to help us.
Scarlet is originally from Swindon and has been volunteering at the Abbey Meads shop since November 2018 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh. She is loving every minute of it. “There was one Saturday I couldn't make my slot and I really missed it, everyone here is so kind and welcoming. I have learnt so much since being here and I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it especially those still at school and looking to improve their CV.
Meet Kum Kum who volunteers at our Media shop in Commercial Road. She joined us in July 2018 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. “I was recommended to try Prospect as a place to volunteer by some friends who run a local business and they came with me when I enquired. “I love the Media shop because there is some much to do but it also gives me the opportunity to look through the DVD’s and books”. I rotate stock, price up items and will soon be learning the till”.
Kum Kum will take her GCSE’s this year and has plans to then take A levels and go to university. “Volunteering is a great way to learn people skills and meet new people and I look forward to my visits”. One interesting note is that Kum Kum travels in via the bus every week as she lives in Lambourne. “It takes about an hour each way to get into the shop, but it’s always worth it”
Currently studying at Commonweal school, Catherine decided to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme with her friends to gain skills and meet new people. She chose to support Prospect Hospice in order to give something back. “My grandma went to the hospice and the care and help we all got was amazing, so I wanted to give back to say thank you.” She is set to volunteer under the Duke of Edinburgh for 3 months but plans to stay on after that has finished. “I really love it here; I love the staff, the other volunteers and the best part of my day is being able to help someone in the shop find what they are looking for. I have learnt so much since I started about customer service and retail procedures. It a great thing to do and I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of volunteering.”
If you’re interested in volunteering for us, please complete the above form or click here to email us.
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