Monday 23 January 2017

Our Volunteers make a difference to Hospice Care

Vol team with Sue Moss with scarf

Did you know as many as 125,000 volunteers in the UK contribute to hospice care in a wide range of roles?  450 of those volunteers come each week to support Garden House Hospice Care, an adult hospice based in Letchworth serving the communities of North Hertfordshire, Stevenage, Royston and surrounding Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire villages.

We value the committed time our volunteers give each year to the hospice, either working in the hospice as a receptionist, administrator, gardener, counsellor or in our charity shops and distribution centre. Amazingly, last year 90K volunteer hours were given to the hospice, which equates to £648K.

However, hospice volunteering is not just about saving money

All our volunteers love coming to the hospice to undertake their role, knowing that they are making a real difference.

 Glenys Dixon, volunteer at the Hospice says:

"I really enjoy coming to the hospice each week as everyone is so friendly. Each day is different, I may be welcoming visitors to the hospice, manning the reception desk to providing administrative support for the training or fundraising department. Whatever I’m doing it keeps me on my toes, it’s great to be so involved. It’s very satisfying to know I have helped in some way. 

The summer Volunteer party is a lovely get together in the summer, it’s an afternoon to meet and chat with volunteers across the hospice.  I have been invited to talk about my experiences at the Volunteer Induction Course which all new Volunteers are invited to attend. It’s lovely to see new faces join the team

The only drawback is, you can’t lose weight here as there’s so many cakes and biscuits available".

We will support you, at Garden House Hospice Care you will receive:

  • A comprehensive induction where you will learn about the hospice, its’ departments and policies
  • On-the job training and be offered a skills development programme
    Valuable work experience to boost your CV
  • An invitation to the annual Volunteers Tea Party, thanking and celebrating the hard work of our volunteers


Interested in joining the Hospice Volunteer team?

We would love to hear about your interests and skills and match you to suitable roles.  For more information visit or speak to Voluntary Services Department on 01462 679540





Sue Moss, volunteer at the Distribution Centre says:

I was passionate about giving back to the community, and the hospice is such a loved and worthy cause.  I am now retired and volunteering means I can use my time productively in a positive way.  I really enjoy the friendships that I have made here.