Primrose Hospice - A Volunteer Profile

If you would like to volunteer for us, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form

Over 450 volunteers give their time fro Primrose and are involved in a wide range of activities, from familiar roles such as shops, to support of patients in the Day Dospice, and the Family Support Team. They are all very special people but they are also ordinary people, very much respected as part of the care team. Many volunteers are involved in more than one role.

Areas of involvement

Fundraising - Helping with various fundraising activities...

Collections and deliveries of fundraising items to local businesses

Become an Ambassador for Primrose

Data input

Marshal and general help at events

Help us in the office

Help in one of our seven shops

Day Hospice - Providing a listening ear and emotional support for patients and their families as well as practical help such as serving meals and refreshments.

Kitchen - Helping with preparation of vegetables, and generally assisting the cook in clearing away/ washing up.

Garden - Some volunteers maintain specific areas of the garden, perhaps in memory of a loved-one. Others maintain and enhance planted areas and seasonal pots.

Driving - Bringing patients to the hospice and returning them home again, thus enabling patients to attend who would otherwise be unable to come.

Also driving patients to and from the hospice for outpatient appointments and occasionally hospital appointments.

Craft - Guiding and assisting patients in making things, (cards, gifts, glass & pottery painting etc), which they can give as gifts to family or friends. Also an important form of diversional therapy.

Hairdressing/beauty - Boosting patients' confidence through hairstyling, manicure, hand massage.

Reception - The first point of contact for all patients and visitors, and a friendly and efficient voice on the telephone.

Complementary therapies - Providing reflexology, homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage to patients and their carers.

Family Support - Visiting families at home to provide ongoing support as needed.

Cancer Support/ Bereavement Support groups - Facilitating groups of people at various stages of their illness in a self-help, more independent environment.

What do we look for?

People who seek involvement in an organization where patients have a very positive attitude to their illness, and a determination to get the most out of life. People who are reliable, empathetic, understand the need for strict confidentiality, and have life skills and experience to bring.

What do volunteers get out of it?

Volunteers know that their work is appreciated by staff & patients alike. They become part of a caring team. By giving their time and expertise they enable the hospice to spend its resources on direct patient care. They become important ambassadors for the hospice within the community.

Get in Touch

Contact Jo Merrett, Volunteers Manager:

Email  jomerrett@nhs.net or call 01527 871051 for more information about how you can get involved.


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