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Could you Listen, support, and make a difference? We need volunteers

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Could you Listen, support, and make a difference? We need volunteers

St Nicholas Hospice Care is seeking compassionate and dedicated individuals to join their team of volunteers.

The Hospice is currently looking for volunteers to provide support for patients and their families facing dying and death, as well as individuals who have been bereaved by the death of a close family member, partner or friend.

To be able to extend their reach and support to as many people as possible, our Psychological Services Team needs volunteers to facilitate activities such as their Bereavement Cafés as well as their walking group for those who have been bereaved Stepping Forward, which is restarting in the coming months, as well as other peer support groups.

Dr Charlotte Harkness, the Hospice’s Head of Psychological Services, said: “Our volunteers are so important to our Hospice, and we rely on their dedication and support to deliver our services and peer support groups.

“The Psychological Services Team offers a wide variety of support, and that brings a number of opportunities for people to get involved in different ways, that could be supporting children and young people facing grief, or offering support out in the community at one of our Bereavement Cafés.

“If you’d like to join us and give your time to help others, you should have an interest in people, the ability to listen with total confidentiality, and above all, the ability to be alongside another person in times of change, sadness, and loss.

“We are so proud of the impact our volunteers have on the lives of the people we support, and we welcome anyone who shares our values and is interested in becoming part of our team.”

The Hospice’s Psychological Services Team encompasses its Adult Bereavement Service, Nicky’s Way programme, which supports children and young people, and provides support for people facing illness and their families.

In addition, its Hospice Neighbours Team offers practical support and companionship for people with long-term and life-threatening illnesses

With the next training programme starting in June, those interested are invited to attend an open morning on Saturday, 29 April, running from 10am to midday at the charity’s Hospice building in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

The event will be a chance for prospective volunteers to learn more about the roles, ask questions and pick up an application form.

Training or experience in counselling is not essential, as training and ongoing guidance for all volunteers is offered.

Information about other volunteer roles, such as Hospice Neighbours, admin support, drivers, gardeners, and more will also be available at the open morning.

If you’d like to attend the open morning or want more information about volunteering, please contact 01284 766133 or email

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