Sue Ryder Volunteers

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Sue Ryder provides palliative, neurological and bereavement support to patients and their families. They need volunteers for a wide variety of roles so that they can continue to be there when it matters for families going through the most difficult times of their lives.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Volunteering gives you a sense of doing something worthwhile which helps boost your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction.
  • Being a volunteer can be really sociable, helping to combat loneliness and expand your support network
  • Many of Sue Ryder’s volunteering roles will also help keep you physically fit too

“I started volunteering on the ward after losing my sister at the hospice three years ago. She was looked after so well I wanted to give something back. I love talking to the patients and being in the hospice, the staff are also so friendly.”

Sophie, a Sue Ryder Nurse, takes you on a virtual tour of the Thorpe Hall hospice, showing not only what patients can expect and professional teams, but mentions of some of the work volunteers do as well.

What to expect?

Volunteers play a huge part in supporting the delivery of Sue Ryder services. There is something for everyone, from all walks of life and with a variety of experience, including:

  • Gardening and maintenance
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Reception and administration
  • Events and fundraising
  • Helping at one of the Sue Ryder charity shops
  • Even helping to shape future services

To find out more, please contact Antonia Dowell, Volunteer Coordinator at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice on 01733 225 927 or [email protected]

You can also register your interest at your nearest hospice or neurological care centre or search for roles on their volunteering portal.

Or call their national volunteer team on 0808 164 4572, or email [email protected] for further information and advice.

More information

There is plenty of free parking at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, and wheelchair access for reception and the ward.

Volunteers need a DBS check – which is free and arranged by Sue Ryder staff – and to complete some online training before volunteering.

All volunteers are supported or mentored when they start to ensure they are comfortable in their role.

No equipment is needed; for example, scrubs are provided for volunteers working as Ward Support.

Volunteering is free and if any equipment is needed it will be provided.

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. If you want to find out more, in this video Ricky talks about his wife Gemma and the palliative care she received at one of the hospices.

How to contact

Where to go

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice
Thorpe Road
Peterborough PE3 6LW

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