Hospice seeks more volunteers – Open Day on September 20th

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Hospice seeks more volunteers – Open Day on September 20th

The Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull is looking for more volunteers to help when the new hospice opens on Marsh Lane next year.

Marie Curie Hospice Manager, Liz Cottier, said today:

“We currently have many wonderful volunteers who give up their time each week to help us in different areas of the hospice but with our brand new purpose built West Midlands hospice soon to open in Marsh Lane, Solihull we need to recruit even more people to help us on a regular basis. The new hospice will have 40% more bedrooms for inpatients and double the capacity for day services so we need more volunteers to sign up urgently. If you think you might be interested then please do come along to our Special Open Day at the Hospice in Warwick Road, Solihull on Thursday September 20 from 5pm to 8pm when you’ll be able to chat informally to staff and some of our current volunteers. Alternatively you could phone 0845 305 2191 or email volunteering@mariecurie.org.uk for more information.”

The Hospice is particularly looking for about 50 volunteers in the following areas. Health Care Helpers to help patients with personal care (previous care experience would be advantageous); Receptionists to welcome and guide both patients and visitors within the hospice; Administrators to carry out office duties for hospice clinicians; Drivers to provide a safe and comfortable journey for Day Centre patients to and from the hospice; Catering staff to serve customers in our new Hospice Cafe and others to help serve patients refreshments; Day Service Assistants to help patients with therapeutic activities. The Hospice is also looking for qualified therapists who could offer treatments to patients and carers.

Liz said:

“We also need to find some volunteers who could help us provide supportive listening, one to one, to patients or their family. Plus others who could give companionship to patients in their own homes – playing cards or scrabble or perhaps reading or just talking to patients – for a few hours to give carers some respite care once a week.”

Cathy Sewell said:

“I have been volunteering at Marie Curie Hospice for many years and can honestly say it’s the happiest day of my week. It sounds a cliché but I do find it hugely rewarding and I have more laughs here than I do at home.”

Wendy Westley said:

“I am a therapist and have been volunteering at the hospice for two years, I love it and have met so many amazing people – when they say they can cope better after one of my sessions it makes me feel so good.”

Please come along to the Open Day to find out more about helping Marie Curie give everyone from the West Midlands the best possible end of life care and support in wonderful new surroundings.

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