Why do you volunteer at Northern Ireland Children's Hospice?
As a volunteer I believe that I am giving back to the community and making a difference to the people around me. Volunteering enables me to gain a variety of new skills and the ability to work in an intense environment surrounded by people who are very passionate about what they do. At the hospice everyone plays their part and this makes the hospice a home and a community where we all strive to help the wonderful young people that arrive at the hospice. In the future I would also like to work in a medical field and working at the hospice allows me to gain experience and provides me with the basic skills and abilities to work alongside medical staff and tend to the most vulnerable.
What sorts of tasks are involved in your role?
At the hospice I am a support volunteer, which involves me working alongside the care team allowing them to focus on the more important duties concerning the young people that come to the hospice. My role involves helping with different housekeeping duties as well as carrying out tasks that would help a child, family member or staff member. As a support volunteer I help with dinner time, write clothing lists, assist cleaning rooms, do the laundry and supervise young siblings in the art room, music room and play room.
What is the best thing about being part of Northern Ireland Children's Hospice?
The Hospice in general is a very nice place to work in. All the staff are very friendly and welcoming, help is also readily available. It is place full of laughter and togetherness where you never feel left out.
What would you say to prospective volunteers?
My main advice to new and prospective volunteers would be – never be afraid to ask questions. As a new volunteer, entering a new establishment is quite daunting but at the hospice everyone is so friendly and it doesn’t take long to settle in. Everyone is very respectful and considerate as the provide comfort and quality of life for all the children there.