High Peak people with some spare time are being invited to find out more about volunteering with Blythe House Hospicecare.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities open to people aged 16 and over, including shop assistants, counsellors, drivers, caterers and fundraisers – and so many roles behind the scenes too.

Volunteer Karan Bradley (left, with patient, Alison) has given her time in a number of roles at Blythe House since 2010, during which she has supported the hospice’s creative arts programme, and the Whaley Bridge department store. Karan has recently become involved in the Community Volunteer Project, which sees her providing practical and emotional support to patients, family members and carers across the borough, in the comfort of their own homes.

The Hayfield resident says: ‘I think the wonderful thing about volunteering is that you’re just giving your time; you’re not doing anything particularly special. You’re listening, talking, making time and making a difference to people’s lives. Anyone can volunteer; you don’t have to have lots of experience or qualifications, you just have to be a compassionate person and be able to give a little or a lot of your time.

‘I can’t think of a better place than Blythe House to volunteer your time. It has such a wide base of opportunities, and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to get back into work, you’re a student, recently retired – whatever your circumstances! You don’t need to be fearful; you’ll be made to feel so welcome and very much appreciated. I’d say don’t hesitate just go for it. If you’re anything like me, it might be the start of a very long and happy time in your life!’

Vicci Wild, Blythe House Hospice’s Community Volunteer Project Manager, added: ‘2019 sees the hospice celebrating 30 years of providing support to people across the High Peak. As we strive to continually meet the needs of our community, the project is initially funded by Macmillan and started last year, focusing very much on the Blythe House ethos of “Connecting our Community.” It is enabling us to support existing services, and provide volunteer support to patients in their own homes.’

One local family member who benefited from support commented: ‘I nearly cancelled the volunteer visit because I felt my house was in a mess, but the volunteer did not make me feel as though I was being judged, she helped me tidy up and get back on track.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities:

  • Drop in to our informal information sessions at the hospice (Eccles Fold, SK23 9TJ) between 11am and 1pm on the second Monday of each month
  • Email: volunteering@blythehouse.co.uk
  • Call Vicci Wild or Julie Forrest on 01298 816990