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To mark Student Volunteering Week, we chatted with a few of our student volunteers about their roles and motivations to volunteer.
Siblings Chris and Kirsty, who have been Community Companion volunteers since November, are both are studying alongside their volunteering – they tell us why they have chosen to support St Barnabas.
“Our Nan was cared for here at the hospice, and our mum also does fundraising, so we were very aware of how great the service is.” explains Kirsty, who is hoping to become a Neuropsychologist. “I chose to become a Community Companion to gain experience from working with patients. I really enjoyed the training, and it prepared me well and gave me a confidence boost.”
Chris, who hopes to be a Paramedic, has been visiting his patient for a couple of weeks. “I really enjoy going to visit my patient, we have a really good chat and a cup of tea – we get on so well. I would really encourage other young people to consider volunteering because it works so well alongside studying; it is really flexible.”
Kirsty says, “Even if I was working, I would find just a couple of hours to volunteer, it makes such a difference in that person’s life.”
Eve started as a Supper Assistant in November.
She says, “What I love about volunteering is the whole idea that by just helping in one aspect you are having a knock-on effect on the whole St Barnabas community, making everyone’s lives that little bit easier. Everyone here is so friendly and lovely, it’s a really rewarding role and yet you are only giving up two and a half hours a week – leaving plenty of time for studying. It’s a really great opportunity to learn new life skills. I absolutely love volunteering and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!”
Leo volunteers on our IPU Reception on a Saturday evening, which he says works well alongside his college work.
“I decided to volunteer for St Barnabas because I felt it would be a good way to gain experience interacting with the public. I also chose to volunteer in a clinical setting as it is my goal to become a doctor. I have only done a few shifts but I enjoy getting to know the patients and chatting to nurses and other reception staff; even after a few sessions I feel like a part of the team. I am really enjoying giving something back to an amazing charity.”