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Kickstarting careers for local youngsters

We were delighted to recently welcome four young people to Garden House Hospice Care as part of the Government’s KickStart scheme.

Cameron Holloway, Jake Hardiman, Libbi McCarthy and Holly Landman all live locally and have taken on roles with us, either in our Fundraising or Trading teams. Employment includes a 25-hour working week over a six-month period, during which they’ll gain invaluable experience in their roles and gain confidence which will aid them in the future.

You can meet three of them and find out more about their early weeks at the Hospice, below!

Cameron Holloway

Cameron Holloway

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Cameron Holloway, 24

Fundraising Admin Assistant

“I was a trainee PE teacher when I left school. I enjoyed it a lot but started to fall out of love with that after three years, as I’d been in the education world for so long. I left looking for full-time work and realised I wanted to help people again, as that’s what I enjoyed most about working in schools. When I saw this opportunity at the Hospice I jumped at it. I wanted to get into admin and I’ve got personal ties with the Hospice too.

“My first few weeks have been very exciting, learning about everyone’s different roles and our induction gave me a great insight too. I’ve never really been part of a team that meets up so often, so it’s been brilliant to see everyone’s different roles and learning about how I might be able to help.

“I just want to be as helpful as possible within my team and see where this role takes me after six months.”

Jake Hardiman

Jake Hardiman

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Jake Hardiman, 22

Warehouse Assistant, Distribution Centre

“I started volunteering with the van drivers here at the Distribution Centre during the pandemic, so when this Kickstart opportunity came up I went for it. The volunteering definitely helped me to register – I knew some of the people and I wanted to learn more. I’m not a very confident person when it comes to new people, so I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and give myself new opportunities.

"My first few weeks have been really good. I’ve been doing different things, including bric-a-brac, taking in donations from people, sorting clothes and books too. I’m loving it. I’m hoping my time here gives me more confidence in the workplace and around other people."

Libbi McCarthy

Libbi McCarthy

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Libbi McCarthy

Shop Assistant, Stevenage Old Town

“My first few weeks have been very enjoyable. I’ve been able to work on the till, help with donations, price items and sort with bric-a-brac. I’m hoping my time here gives me good retail and communication experience and helps give me confidence for the future.”

You can read more stories from our Spring 2022 issue of our Open House newsletter here.

In addition to our KickStart opportunities, we also have a variety of full time and part time positions available throughout the Hospice. To find out more about all the clinical and non-clinical roles please click here.


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