Friday 31 May 2019

Celebrating Volunteers' Week

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Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

The annual campaign takes place 1-7 June every year and sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

38% of the UK population volunteer at least once a year, with 22% volunteering at least once a month. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too.

Garden House Hospice Care are celebrating the week by thanking their incredible team and raising awareness of the selfless individuals who volunteer their time to support the local charity and the community they serve.

Director of HR and Volunteering, Laura Burt commented:

“Our volunteers are absolutely vital to continue the work we do at the Hospice. What astonishes me is the number of volunteers we have that give up their time, come rain or shine to work in our shops, Distribution Centre, at the Hospice, in the Community or supporting at events.

“Our strap line as a Hospice is 'Started by the Community, Serving the Community, Sustained by the Community' and none more so is that the case in our volunteering team. From one hour per week to hours on end, our team of over 600 volunteers make a huge difference and save us over £500,000 a year in staffing costs which we wouldn't be able to sustain. Our patients, carers, family members and friends may not get to meet all our volunteers but on behalf of everyone that accesses our services, a HUGE thank you to our valiant volunteers that help our Hospice to continue to support our community, now and in the future.”

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes at Garden House Hospice Care. From volunteer gardeners and van driver mates to Compassionate Neighbours and eBay researchers, there is a role for everyone. As little as an hour a week can make a real difference to the community.

The Hospice is holding a volunteer information session on Wednesday 12th June from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. If you’d like to attend the session or to find out more about flexible volunteering opportunities at your local Hospice, contact the HR and Voluntary Services team on 01462 679540 or email

Click here to read special messages from our Hospice staff this Volunteers' Week

Find out why our volunteers give there time to Garden House Hospice Care by watching this short video.