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Volunteering at Wakefield Hospice

VOLUNTEERING Can you help?..... Do you have spare time on your hands? Are you looking to expand on your social outlets? Can you commit to a regular day/tim on either a weekly/fortnightly/or monthly basis? If you replied 'Yes' to any of the above questions, then volunteering could be the answer for you!

THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERING Volunteers come from all walks of like (minimum age 16 years) and bring their own skills and experiences. Their commitment varies but is usually on a regular basis, at a mutually convenient time. We have over 350 volunteers at the hospice without whom we would not be able to open our doors - yet it is still not enough. Volunteers save us quite literally thousands of pounds each year: FACT: In 2005, at the hospice alone (not including retail outlets), volunteers contributed 15,309 hours of work, saving the hospice 78,078.45 (based on the minimum wage). Wakefield Hospice could not operate without the generous support of volunteers who work in all areas of the hospice, in our shops, in our support groups, the Magistrates Tea Bar and on other projects in the area. Your new ideas, energy and enthusiasm can raise money for a good cause, making a real difference!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES All we ask is for a few hours of your time on a regular basis, you do not need any previous experience as full training is provided. There are voluntary opportunities in all areas of the hospice and its retail outlets. The application form below lists all opportunities available, some of which include: Evening Teas Kitchen Duties Caretaking Gardening Reception General Office Domestic Ward Helpers Driving Raffle Tickets House to House Fundraising Tea Bar Shops Warehouse The more hands, the lighter the load. THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING 1. The opportunity to meet lots of new people, make new friends and have fun! 2. Be a valued member of a team. 3. Learn new skills. 4. Develop talents that employers, colleges and universities value, for example; communication skills, team work and taking responsibility. You can make a difference and help Wakefield Hospice, whilst having fun at the same time.

IMMEDIATE VACANCIES Shop Workers - hours to suit most people. Locations throughout Wakefield. Duties include; serving on the till, pricing and tagging clothes, general tidying. Donation sorters - at our Warehouse in Thornes, Wakefield. Duties include; sorting through donated items. Laundry assistants - based at the hospice. Anytime Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Duties include; ironing using a foot press operated press, replenishment of linen cupboards. Volunteers for fundraising events - most suitable for those who can only help out on an 'ad hoc' basis. Various days and times throughout the year. Ideal for those who are in full time employment or education.

CRITERIA FOR VOLUNTEERING You must be over 18 years and be able to offer referees (at least 2). To help within the hospice, an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure will be sought. Applicants may not commence volunteering until 12 months after a close personal bereavement.

HOW TO APPLY For an application form to be part of an award winning team, contact: Melissa Clark, Volunteer Services Manager, tel: 01924 213900 Wakefield Hospice, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF1 4TS or email to: vcwh@wakefieldhospice.co.uk

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