voluteering driverDove Cottage volunteers play a vital role in the smooth running of the hospice. A team of over 200 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds offer their time, expertise and commitment to us, making a real difference. We couldn’t do what we do without our team of volunteers!

There are many different opportunities to get involved… you would be a great help at the day hospice itself, in our charity shops and tea room or at one of our fundraising events. Here are some examples of what you could do:

  • We’re always on the lookout for people to lend a hand in the kitchen at our Stathern hospice – you could be our next ‘carrot manager’!!
  • The gardens at our Stathern hospice are beautiful but need a lot of TLC, so could you put your green-fingered skills to good use on our plants?
  • Or maybe you would find it immeasurably rewarding to help with our guests in the hospice lounge, or as a volunteer driver

We have five shops in Stathern, Bottesford, Cotgrave, Melton Mowbray and Asfordby that would appreciate your help, as well as our lovely, canal side tea room.

Many volunteers have a particular time that they like to come and help each week, but you don’t have to commit to a definite day or slot – you can join us on an ad hoc basis when a need arises or when you have an hour or two to spare; we have days and hours to suit.
Full training will be given. Mileage expenses will be paid for hospice drivers.

A gift of your time will help us to continue providing our much-needed care to those living in the local community.

But don’t just take our word for it!! Here’s Suzanne’s story – one of our lovely Dove Cottage volunteers:

volunteering at dove cottage suzanne“When my husband David was diagnosed suddenly with an aggressive brain tumour seven years ago, everything changed quickly. We had three daughters, two with small children and a teenager at home and we both had demanding jobs. I needed to carry on working full time, being in the middle of a project, and tried to keep some routine/normality in the family life around the constant hospital visits. We couldn’t leave David alone and between us we ensured he was looked after, and I often worked from 4am to be home early.

Dove Cottage was recommended to us and became a godsend as David was offered a place. He instantly took to it and talked with a glint in his eye about the fabulous meals, afternoon teas and lovely surroundings; the volunteer drivers who collected and returned him were very helpful and cheery.

It also offered him a chance to talk openly about his illness in a way he didn’t feel able to with us, often saying how happy his friends there made him. David was given the opportunity to rekindle his spiritual beliefs, as well as experiencing therapies such as reflexology that he especially enthused about on his return.

About 18 months after David passed I enquired about volunteering and have done so one day a week for more than four years now. Initially I wanted to give something back but on reflection it probably helped me a lot too. I carry out reception and administration duties at the day hospice in Stathern, often helping evenings or weekends at many of the essential fundraising events that are held to ensure that all the guests’ requirements are free to them.

Dove Cottage is a friendly happy place and I love the fact there is nearly always the sound of laughter.”

Volunteering Opportunities for Corporate
We work with local companies to find volunteering opportunities for their employees in the hospice, driving guests or at our shops and tearoom. We can also help with team away days at the hospice or at one of our events. Volunteering is a great way to boost staff morale and give something back to the local community.

Would you like to join our team?
If you’d like more information, or would like to have a look around our hospice, we’d love to hear from you – please call 01949 860303 / office@dovecottage.org

Time away from my home gives a few hours break for my wife.

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