Volunteers are vital to hospices in helping to deliver high quality care. More than 125,000 volunteers in the UK contribute to hospice care in a wide range of roles.
We did a survey in 2006 which found that the financial value of volunteers to hospices was more than £112 million. This means that if hospices paid people to do the work done by volunteers, their costs would increase by nearly a quarter.
However, hospice volunteering is not just about saving money. It is about making a difference to patients and families. For volunteers, it can also be a way of:
- making new friends
- giving time and skills to the local community
- learning new skills
- finding a way into paid work or a change of career.
Volunteering for Hospice UK
Hospice UK can also offer some great volunteering opportunities – both in the office and out at our fundraising events. Please get in touch to find out more.