I volunteer because I enjoy it. I volunteer because I don’t want my life to be just about work and money. I volunteer because I feel so privileged in so many ways, that the least I could do is give some of my time to help people who find themselves in more difficult situations. I volunteer because it’s an adventure, because there’s always something new to learn. I volunteer because once you start you can’t stop.
I do quite a lot of design work, working closely with the fundraising department to produce anything from A5 flyers to 6ft roadside banners. I also work on internal documents and clinical support documents and help with the recent brand refresh - that’s been a great challenge.
When I first started I didn’t have a job was struggling to find one because I didn’t have the right sort of experience. After a few months volunteering here I knew for certain that I wanted to go into marketing as a career, and with the new skills I’d acquired, I found a job as a marketing assistant. Since then, I have been promoted to Marketing Manager for a local firm with 150 staff. I would not have been able to make this progress without the skills and experience I’d gained at Hospiscare, or without the support and encouragement of friends I’d made whilst volunteering.
But the most important thing I get from volunteering here is spending time with inspiring people. I’ve made some great friends whilst working at Hospiscare, and they are always there to get me through difficult times and push me to achieve my potential.
Yes! It has done wonders for my confidence and sense of self-worth, not to mention for my quantifiable skills and experience.