Become an Occasional Volunteer this Student Volunteering Week

If it wasn’t for volunteers Havens Hospices would not be able to provide palliative nursing and support care to adults and children with complex or incurable conditions free of charge. If you are a student and can spare a little time, why not consider joining Havens Hospices as an Occasional Volunteer?

As part of Student Volunteer Week taking place between 10th and 15th February, Havens Hospices which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s are looking for more occasional volunteers to help support Havens Hospices.

Occasional volunteering at Havens Hospices is perfect for students as it offers greater flexibility and doesn’t require long-term regular commitment – instead the students are able to volunteer as and when they would like to around their studies.

Volunteering can be a worthwhile cause which not only enhances your CV, but also enables you to meet new people, learn new skills and be a part of your local community.

Whether is it two hours at a bucket collection or a whole day assisting at a fundraising event like Southend Half Marathon or Pedal for The J’s, occasional volunteering makes a huge difference.  Volunteers at the hospice come from all walks of life and ages and achieve extraordinary things for our hospices.  Havens Hospices has around 1,034 volunteers, saving the hospices approximately £2.7 million each year. These savings mean that the charity can provide more care and support for those who need us.

Ollie, a student volunteer taking part in Havens Hospices’ Young Ambassador project said, “I enjoy working with the patients and seeing the difference you can make just by having a chat, it seems to help them forget about what’s going on. My confidence whilst I have been here has developed and you learn a lot of new things whilst enjoying yourself.”

Niveda, another student volunteer said, “I decided to become a young ambassador because of the impact Little Havens has on so many people. As I am planning on going into medicine, it was the perfect way of learning and developing skills required to be a doctor. It has also enabled me to meet so many incredible people and I have also learnt so much from not only the staff but also the children and families that visit the hospice.”

To apply to be an Occasional Volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old. To find out more about becoming an Occasional Volunteer or to sign up please click here , email our volunteering team. 

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Ollie student volunteer with Sarah a patient at Day Hospice