For Volunteers Week 2016, iMultiply will be promoting a different charity each day to spread awareness of the great work and the positive impact the charity has made on lives and the wider community they work within. Our second charity in the series is The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice provide high quality clinical, emotional, social and spiritual care for patients who have a progressive, life-threatening illness and support those who care for them.
How did it all start?
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice at Carlton Place, Glasgow provide free person-centred and family-focused palliative care and support. Its specialist staff and dedicated volunteers are trained to work with those individuals and families who are living with significant challenges to their health and wellbeing.
More than 1200 patients and families are cared for every year and the hospice depends on the generosity of supporters in the community to raise the £3 million annually in voluntary donations that is required to maintain its invaluable services for the people of Glasgow.
Recently, the charity has outgrown their much-loved hospice building as it no longer meets the requirements or vision for the future of care of patients and their families. In order to build a brand new purpose-built hospice on the leafy green site in Bellahouston Park, they need to raise £21 million. The plans are for the foundations go down in 2016 and the patients are expected to move in spring 2018.
The aim is to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow and take a major step forward with the provision of palliative care services and provide the hospice with the flexibility to develop and improve services as well as lower its age limit to include younger patients.
What do you look for in a volunteer?
The hospice’s team of nearly 600 volunteers is one of their greatest resources. From helping in the cafes to assisting in one of the 17 shops across the city. Becoming a volunteer with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice can be hugely rewarding.
Family support services can use the help of befrienders, bereavement, and Butterfly Room volunteers. While their fundraising department needs help with can collections, canvassing, out in the community and at events. Day services can use drivers, complementary therapists, florists, and hairdressers.
Some volunteers are retired, others give time to help the hospice around their busy working and home lives. Some are students, gaining vital experience before going out into the world of work, while others are passing on their experience to help those who need it most.
If people have specific skills that can be put to use and the hospice would love to hear from them. However, training is provided for all their voluntary posts.
Why should someone volunteer for you?
Donating time is a fantastic way to gain experience, learn new skills and meet new people. The diverse opportunities available for volunteers means that no matter how much time you have to spare, it all makes a difference!
If you are interested in volunteering for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice drop an email to Catriona.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0141 429 5599