People often have a perception that Hospices are sad places to be in. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It can be a humbling and inspiring experience to volunteer at a hospice, with the opportunity to meet and support people from all walks of life who have many a story to share.
Volunteering opportunities are available in our Adult Hospice, Children’s Hospice, in the community and in our charity shops:
Volunteering at our Adult Hospice:
Volunteers work directly with patients and their families, behind the scenes in an administrative role, or helping to raise money. Volunteer roles at Northern Ireland Hospice are very varied and can include: meeting and greeting patients and visitors, serving meals and refreshments, offering specialist skills such as hairdressing or complementary therapies and decorating and gardening.
Volunteering at our Children's Hospice:
Volunteer roles are: kitchen, housekeeping, support to our care team, pool spotting, reception & administration, gardening, babysitting and librarians. Not all roles are offered at every recruitment time, but only what is needed in-house. Volunteers are not involved in intimate/personal care, giving advice to children or families, moving/ lifting children or assisting with these tasks.
Volunteering in the community:
We have five volunteer teams in Belfast, Ballymoney, Mid Ulster (Toomebridge), North Down/Ards and Ballymena. Volunteers working in these areas provide back up to our Hospice Nurse Specialists who look after patients in their own homes. Typical duties would be: home visiting, befriending, driving, shopping and outings. In addition we have a day facility based in Ballymoney where volunteers contribute to the care and recreational activities.
Volunteering in one of our Hospice Shops:
Shop volunteers assist in helping to raise funds for hospice care and there is always plenty to do in the shops. Working as part of a team and volunteering in a charity shop offers an opportunity to help in many ways such as: sorting and pricing stock, arranging displays, operating the till, basic accounts and customer care.
We continue to be on the look for any new volunteers who kindly wish to offer their time and skills. At the minute, we have positions for the following roles:
- Volunteer Hairdressers
- Ward Clerk Volunteers
- Laundry Volunteers
- Kitchen/Dining Room Volunteers
- In-Patient Unit Care Volunteers
Matthew Mc Cullough was so touched by the love and care his late mother Sally received while staying at the hospice, he decided to give something back. In this video, Matthew talks about his volunteering experience at NI Hospice and his duties.