It’s always helpful to see how other hospices work and this is no different for volunteers at St Christopher’s. On Tuesday 4 June, we welcomed four volunteers from St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney to come and see what a day in the life of a St Christopher’s volunteer is like.
The idea came about when Rebecca Turner our Strategic Volunteering Lead was approached by St Joseph’s Hospice in March to exchange volunteers and learn from each other. The exchange was a great way of bringing new ideas, providing feedback and looking at ways to improve the volunteering experience.
St Joseph’s volunteers really appreciated the opportunity to explore a different hospiceJulie Ellis-Strong
Julie Ellis-Strong, Volunteering Engagement and Workforce Training Coordinator, gave the visitors a guided tour of the hospice building and our beautiful gardens. Volunteers spent time with the flower arranging volunteers; learnt about the importance of the Lavender Room with volunteer, Terry Hammond; the significance of volunteering in the Inpatient Unit and spent time with Wellbeing volunteer, Stephen Rea. Since their visit, four volunteers from St Christopher’s have visited St Joseph’s.
Julie says, “It was a wonderful day and St Joseph’s volunteers really appreciated the opportunity to explore a different hospice. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped to make the Volunteer Exchange such a success.”