Why do you volunteer at Northern Ireland Children's Hospice?
I have been a long time supporter of the Hospice, taking part in the annual sponsored walk for the last 20 years. Following retirement from work last summer, I have had more time on my hands and decided to apply for a volunteering role to provide practical support to the Children’s Hospice.
What sort of tasks are involved in your role?
As a Housekeeping volunteer I am involved in various activities such as cleaning and dusting the main living and reception areas, family accommodation and children’s rooms, and also cleaning and tidying the Multi-Sensory, Art rooms and other areas as required. Comprehensive training in infection prevention and health & safety guidelines is provided during the Induction phase and the Housekeeping team are always available with advice, support and direction.
What is the best thing about being part of Northern Ireland Children's Hospice?
Knowing that by supporting the professional staff at Horizon House I am making a very small, although in my view significant, contribution to the overall running of the Children’s Hospice.
What would you say to prospective volunteers?
You will find your time as a volunteer to be a fulfilling and rewarding experience and your support will help free up resource for the staff to do their job in looking after the children and families who make use of the Hospice services. There is a positive and friendly atmosphere at the Hospice and you will be accepted and enjoy being part of your respective team.