How did you get involved with Blythe House Hospice?
I originally came to Blythe House as volunteer receptionist, I also provided admin support to the counselling team. A position became available in The Volunteer Support Team and I was successful on application. In December 2015 I was asked if I would like to support the new Hospice at Home service for 10 hours per week! This soon became my sole role and I now work 30 hours per week.
What does your role involve?
My main task is coordinator for Hospice at Home which involves arranging care for patients in their own home with our team of lovely healthcare assistants. The care can range from a couple of hours to an overnight stay, throughout the High Peak. We currently have 26 patients actively receiving care and 25 healthcare assistants. I usually make arrangements for over 400 visits a month.
What do you enjoy most about working here?
Every day is a challenge that keeps me on my toes; we are a very busy office and fast paced. All the hospice staff, volunteers and patients are just so lovely and I know this is often said, but we are like one big family.
What have you learnt as a result of volunteering and working at Blythe House?
Although I volunteered here, I wasn’t looking for a paid position, so I suppose being open to something different is a good lesson. I’m so glad I took that decision as I wouldn’t be doing what I do now if I hadn’t, and actually, I think this is the role I was always meant to do.
What would you say to inspire others to find out more about Blythe House and the services it offers?
Come and visit us! The biggest misconception when I speak to people about the hospice is that it’s a sad place… Just 15 minutes in the hospice will show you that it is such a positive happy place!