We have over 1,000 volunteers helping in our shops, head office, and hospices. Let Toby, hospice Volunteers Manager tell you more about his role supporting our Care volunteers.
Volunteers affect every single thing we do at Acorns and help keep us running. As Volunteers Manager my role is to not just recruit volunteers but to make sure that they get the most from their time with us, feel appreciated, and have meaningful things to do.
This will develop over time too. Some may initially start working in our gardens but through chats over a cup of tea, I may find that they’d be suitable to work with the children, for example. So, I like to build a good relationship with them.
There are many roles at the hospices for volunteers. These may be practical things such as gardening, housework, maintenance, and reception cover; the things which keep our hospice running and looking nice for the children and families.
Some roles are more care-related where volunteers work alongside nurses to make sure the children have a lovely time. They may read stories, do arts and crafts, or go for a walk in the garden.
Our volunteers love to get involved in everything we do. They may help plan meetings and activities, or pitch in when help is needed, like delivering groceries to families during the pandemic.
I enjoy giving back too. If I can help build their skills or confidence, or include them in the friendly, family atmosphere we have here at Acorns, I feel we have the best relationship. Volunteers do so much for us. Their contribution is extremely valuable. We’d be lost without them.
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