Hundreds of volunteers dedicate many hours of their time across Rowans Hospice, Rowans Living Well Centre and Rowans Trading Company, supporting the work of paid staff and ensuring that we can continue to provide our vital services. Some of our volunteers share why they decided to volunteer for Rowans Hospice and how their roles contribute to them living well.
“After my Mum was so brilliantly cared for, and we as a family were also looked after by Rowans Hospice almost 10 years ago, I felt at the time that I would like to give something back to the Hospice. So, after I left work in 2010, and found I missed the company of my colleagues at work, I began volunteering in the Coffee Shop and the telephone office. I look forward to coming in every Monday and working with a very friendly team of ladies, have made some new friends, and I find it very rewarding. I feel I have helped other people.” – Elaine Hands
“I started volunteering about 7 years ago. Having just retired I felt I needed to give something back to the Community. Having been very impressed at a Rowans Hospice Open Day, I started volunteering on the ward and thought I would give it six months to see how it went. I now volunteer on the ward, cash counting in income, and help with the Meerkat Service and Hospice Companions.” – Joyce Chivers
“I enjoy working as a volunteer on Reception. Meeting people, being able to help them and giving them a friendly smile which I know helps them to relax. I also enjoy volunteering in the telephone room, talking to and helping callers.” – Chris Griffiths
“Working on Reception at Rowans Hospice gives me the satisfaction of knowing my contributions help patients, relatives and friends. I feel we are here to help and put them at ease in a friendly manner. Answering the phones gives us the knowledge that patients families and other callers are dealt with in a friendly and compassionate way enabling these people to be put at ease.” – Chris Mousley
“Giving time is precious in our busy lives but I would recommend it at Rowans Hospice as it gives you so much in return: friendship, appreciation and lots of laughter! I always leave on a high!” – Sue Welch
How we help others to live well
Jane lives with her husband who has lung cancer, a life-limiting illness, and is in a hospital bed in their lounge. Jane is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and finds it difficult to do the housework and get the washing in and out of the machine by herself. A Hospice Companion visits fortnightly to vacuum the house and help with the washing. Jane found it difficult to ask for help in the first instance, but now would not be without the Hospice Companion.
Adrian has Prostate Cancer and is living on his own and is socially isolated. A Hospice Companion visits on a weekly basis to keep him company. Adrian said that it is wonderful to have someone to chat to and has nothing but praise for the Hospice Companion Service.