From reflexology to retail – how you can help Weldmar in 2020 by volunteering
Perhaps you had a New Year’s Resolution to help out a charity or good cause in 2020?
Here at Weldmar Hospicecare, we couldn’t do what we do without the help of volunteers, from providing complementary therapies to serving customers in our shops, or being the first point of contact for visitors on our reception desk.
Patient care volunteers saved us an estimated £90,000 last year, and retail volunteers £524,000!
There are a number of areas where we are looking for volunteers right now:
Retail Assistants (including weekends)
We are always looking for volunteers at our 26 charity shops and outlets across Dorset. Working as part of a team, we need volunteers to help with customer service, till transactions, topping up rails and displays, unpacking donated items, and steaming and general cleaning. Any help would be really appreciated – even just a few hours would make such a difference.
We are looking for volunteers to provide social support, practical help and companionship to our patients and/or carers in the community. You could be asked to help with local transport, collect prescriptions, sit and chat or light interaction like crosswords and jigsaws, quiet company or reading, light shopping, return library books, or dog walking. A regular commitment is needed.
If you are qualified in an area of complementary health, such as reflexology, Indian head massage, shiatsu, yoga, or hypnotherapy, we would love to hear from you. The role involves seeing patients, family members, and carers. An excellent opportunity to develop your skills, and make a significant difference to the people that we care for.
Knowing how to get the most from digital devices and the internet can have a hugely positive impact on someone’s life by helping them to complete day to day tasks, keep in touch with loved ones, and improve their well-being. You don’t have to be a technology whizz, just able to help someone make the most of their smartphone, tablet, or computer!
Based either at Trimar House in Weymouth or our IPU in Dorchester, this role requires someone with confidence to manage the reception area, taking telephone calls, dealing with enquiries from the public and Weldmar staff, and offering a warm welcome to staff, patients and visitors. There may also be photocopying, filing, post, data input, or other admin duties. Tasks are always allocated according to your preference and skills.
This role helps provide practical and social support for our patients and their relatives and carers at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester. Primarily, it’s to help serve meals, and so there are shifts at breakfast time, lunch, tea, and supper, and we ask that however often you want to help out, a regular commitment is needed to fulfill a rota.
Caroline Munslow, Volunteer Services Advisor for Weldmar, says “Weldmar Hospicecare volunteers are highly valued members of our team and enhance the work of our professional staff in all areas. We do everything we can to make the volunteer experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Every year we present long service awards acknowledging the fantastic contribution our volunteers make. We also invite our volunteers to join us at social events giving us another opportunity to say ‘thank you’.”
We support volunteers in the following ways:
- Offer guidance, support and advice from the Volunteer Services Adviser
- Full training given to fulfil your role
- Provide a named staff member to support you
- Breadth of choice of things you can do
- Preferences and availability will be taken into account