Volunteering at Ayrshire Hospice
The role of Ayrshire Hospice volunteers is important and meaningful – to patients, families, visitors and staff alike.
Volunteers allow Ayrshire Hospice to offer a broader range of services and provide a community perspective, as well as a diverse range of skills and experiences. Volunteers also help us to make budgets go further.
Volunteers are involved in many different parts of the hospice, offering support seven days a week, 365 days a year. The majority of volunteers help out once a week for approximately two to four hours, although this varies depending on the role. Volunteers are reliable and committed, allowing a wide range of services to be offered on a regular basis without interruption.
Volunteers offer valuable support across all areas of the hospice including:
• In-patient unit – ward helpers serving refreshments and meals, visiting patients, socialising with visitors and attending to ward shopping
• Day services – helping trained staff care for patients, offering a range of services including complementary therapy, hand care, catering, running our popular drop in café, respite support at home. hairdressing and Headwayr
• Occupational therapy – helping with a wide variety of patient interests including gardening, arts and crafts, baking, reminiscence group, creative writing, general befriending, music and day trips out
• Family care service – offering befriending family support and bereavement support for children
• Transport – volunteer drivers assisting with patient transport and passenger assistance
• Stewarding – maintenance checks and assisting with deliveries of equipment
• Reception – welcoming visitors, patient admissions/discharges and managing the telephone systems
• Animal therapy – visiting ward and day services patients with their animal, for our patients benefit
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