Macmillan Cancer Support has a dream: to provide enough volunteer hubs to cover the entire county.
Volunteers from each hub visit people within a ten-mile radius from their home, so eventually, with enough hubs, that dream could become a reality.
Macmillan volunteer services coordinator in Lincolnshire Louise Irving outlines the key skills needed by anyone thinking of becoming a volunteer.
She says: “The ability to make a good cup of tea is at the top of the list, as well as listening. I think the ability to be supportive, to have a certain level of empathy, but in most cases it is someone you know within your community popping in and spending time with you.
“I do think that people do tend to share things with volunteers because there is safety in it; you don’t have to worry about upsetting them, and people tend not to burden family members, so a really useful part of it is to listen.”
The Market House is a point of contact for the service in the Long Sutton area: if people pop in and ask for help they will be signposted to lead volunteer Yvonne James. In time, an information and outreach point will be set up in the Market House.