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Rosemarie Finley’s column

Thursday 19 September 2019

Come along to our Community Companion volunteer recruitment open morning on Wednesday 9 October

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One thing that makes St Barnabas House such an amazing place to work is its rich diversity of people, and the values and drive they bring to help care for our patients and families. I am very aware that what we achieve would not be possible without our dedicated team of 1,740 volunteers, who are the backbone of the hospice.

One key group of volunteers are our Community Companions, who provide invaluable social and practical support for our patients and their carers in their own homes. We find that many of the patients we care for would prefer to remain at home, but may feel isolated or find that some tasks are becoming more difficult to complete on their own. To have someone who can pop in for a chat each week, or lend a helping hand, makes a big difference. This may include going out for a coffee, taking a stroll around the local park or visiting a patient at home so their carer can take a break for a couple of hours.

We are currently recruiting for new Community Companion volunteers who can spare 2-3 hours a week to help make a difference in our local community.

If you are interested in finding out more about this rewarding role, then we’d love you to drop in to our informal Community Companion recruitment open morning at the hospice on Titnore Lane, Worthing, between 10am and 12pm on Wednesday 9 October. For more information, visit www.stbh.org.uk/community-companions, email community.companions@stbh.org.uk or call 01903 706360.