Wheatfields Hospice needs you

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Sue Ryder is putting a call out for local people to get involved and sign up to become a befriending volunteer at Wheatfields Hospice, which provides specialist care for people with end of life conditions from the hospice and out in the community.

Wheatfields Hospice is particularly on the lookout for volunteers who are keen to get involved in a national research study which Sue Ryder is undertaking, after successfully receiving funding from the Cabinet Office. This national study will measure the impact of befriending on reducing loneliness and social isolation for people at the end of life.

For some people volunteering means regularly working for several hours a week. For others it is providing occasional support at events. Others prefer to work within the community, giving talks for instance.

Laura Taylor, Voluntary Services Coordinator at Wheatfields Hospice, said: “At Sue Ryder, we have first-hand experience of the benefits of volunteering and the difference that services like befriending can make to people’s lives.

“After all, we cannot change the outcome, but we can improve the journey and by demonstrating the impact that these services have, with very strong evidence to back it up, we are hopeful that this will allow for even more services to be delivered in the future.

“But none of this can be done without volunteers who are prepared to selflessly give up their time to take part in this study and deliver an end of life befriending service. We are hopeful that we will get a good response and that local people will get in touch to take part.”

For more information about the befriending roles, please contact Jane Driver, Befriending Coordinator on 0113 278 7249 or email jane.driver@sueryder.org.

You can also contact Laura Taylor, Voluntary Services Coordinator on 0113 278 7249 or email laura.taylor@sueryder.org for further information about these roles or any other volunteering roles at Sue Ryder – Wheatfields Hospice

For more information about Sue Ryder please visit www.sueryder.org.