Hospice appeals for volunteers at centre

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St Barnabas Hospice has launched a drive to recruit volunteers who can help care for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The charity is looking for people willing to lend a listening ear, serve tea and coffee to residents and help them with art and craft activities designed to help them cope with their condition.

Volunteers are need for the hospice’s day therapy service on Wednesdays which operates from five centres, including Wygate Park in Spalding.

Hospice spokeswoman Lisa Gibson said: “We need host volunteers to welcome patients and family members to the centre, give them something to drink and make sure they are comfortable.

“It can be quite daunting for patients when they first come into the building, so we’re looking for volunteers to help patients who come in for day therapy where they are individually assessed and have a lifestyle plan drawn up for them.

“The idea is to help patients remain independent, rather than depending on our services, and they are offered support from the point of diagnosis right through their journey.”

Volunteers are given an induction where they learn about the hospice’s work and receive training in health and safety techniques.

For more details, call 01522 518232 or log onto www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk