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Hospice Puts Out Urgent Call For Volunteers

Thursday April 5 2012




BARNSLEY Hospice has put out an urgent call for volunteers and is looking to recruit people to help with driving and reception duties.

The hospice - which has ten beds to provide free care for in-patients and has day care in the Limes Unit - already has 400 volunteers who help with everything from manning the shops to fund-raising.

Volunteer services manager Barbara Cronin said volunteers gave 57,134 hours to the hospice last year. She said: “Some people regularly give many hours of their time and others just help out occasionally, but all play a valuable role.”

Mavis Clayton, 66, a retired shop assistant from Higham, volunteers in the hospice’s Eldon Street shop five days a week. Her husband Barry sadly died in a hospice in 1999 and she wanted to give something back.

Former headteacher and education consultant Sue Stokes, 60, of Royston, is involved in training and fund-raising at the hospice.

She said: “Part of my role is giving talks about the hospice to make people aware of the range of services offered here. It’s so much more than a place for people to come to die.”

It costs over £8,000 a day to run the hospice, which has to raise £1.9m a year to stay open. It urgently needs a team of volunteer drivers, with their own cars, who can transport patients to and from Gawber. Mileage is paid.

Anyone interested should email barbara.cronin@barnsley-hospice.org.

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Reply Posted by Jayne Jordan66 on Saturday April 7 2012 at 19:21
My husband will volunteer weekends only though because of work, who does he need to speak to ?

Reply Posted by me on Sunday April 8 2012 at 01:24
 I think you need to send an email to the above address.

Reply Posted by Johnbriscoe on Monday April 9 2012 at 09:37
£1,900.000 per year to care for up to ten people...is that the normal cost even with 400 volunteers giving their time for free? I had no idea of the size of the expense. I don't question the figure I'm simply shocked by the amount

Reply Posted by Laura Conrad on Tuesday April 10 2012 at 08:54
Hi all, thanks for the interest. Any queries about
volunteering then please contact Barbara Cronin on  01226 323620 or barbara.croning@barnsley-hospice.org.
More information is available on our website http://www.barnsleyhospice.org/Volunteering/Becomeavolunteer.aspx.
There is something for everyone and you can volunteer as much or as little as
you want. There is an events team if you just fancy some occasional volunteering
because of other commitments.



On the financial side…We receive a £1.6 million grant
from the NHS too and rely on the kindness and generosity of the local community
for the other £1.9million needed to fund the hospice. Our services go way
beyond our 10 bedded Inpatient Unit. We have a Day Hospice including drop in
sessions; complementary therapy; lymphoedema; physiotherapy; occupational
therapy; pre and post bereavement services; counselling; a children’s support
group; a carer’s group; outpatients and more. There are also the costs involved
in fundraising and our retail operations including 9 shops. As a hospice we’ve got
lots more to do in educating the public about our services and how we can
support those in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness. Although we already have
strong links with those working in health and social care in the wider
community, we need to do more to build and improve those links, so that all
that need Barnsley Hospice can access us.


 


Hope this helps. Any questions please feel free to contact
me on 01226 244 244 Ext 263 or laura.conrad@barnsley-hospice.org.
I do policy work and marketing.


 


Thanks


 


Laura Conrad

Reply Posted by Laura Conrad on Tuesday April 10 2012 at 08:54
Hi all, thanks for the interest. Any queries about
volunteering then please contact Barbara Cronin on  01226 323620 or barbara.croning@barnsley-hospice.org.
More information is available on our website http://www.barnsleyhospice.org/Volunteering/Becomeavolunteer.aspx.
There is something for everyone and you can volunteer as much or as little as
you want. There is an events team if you just fancy some occasional volunteering
because of other commitments.



On the financial side…We receive a £1.6 million grant
from the NHS too and rely on the kindness and generosity of the local community
for the other £1.9million needed to fund the hospice. Our services go way
beyond our 10 bedded Inpatient Unit. We have a Day Hospice including drop in
sessions; complementary therapy; lymphoedema; physiotherapy; occupational
therapy; pre and post bereavement services; counselling; a children’s support
group; a carer’s group; outpatients and more. There are also the costs involved
in fundraising and our retail operations including 9 shops. As a hospice we’ve got
lots more to do in educating the public about our services and how we can
support those in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness. Although we already have
strong links with those working in health and social care in the wider
community, we need to do more to build and improve those links, so that all
that need Barnsley Hospice can access us.


 


Hope this helps. Any questions please feel free to contact
me on 01226 244 244 Ext 263 or laura.conrad@barnsley-hospice.org.
I do policy work and marketing.


 


Thanks


 


Laura Conrad

Reply Posted by Al on Monday April 16 2012 at 08:25
All positions advertised within Barnsley college for New and Older students ,who will also be registerd as a volunteer