At the Hospice we run a successful ward support programme for 17 and 18 year olds who are keen to develop their skills and learn more about healthcare. Young people volunteer, in pairs, one evening a week for six months. It’s a really hands-on role. Our young volunteers support at meal times – either by assisting with feeding or supporting staff with the repositioning of patients; talking to patients and families; sitting with nervous or agitated patients, restocking cupboards, and answering call bells. Alongside their volunteering they also work towards a care certificate which reinforces their learning. Every March and September we celebrate the achievements of our outgoing group and welcome our newest recruits. We will be advertising again soon for group 14 so if you, or anyone you know, might be interested please get in touch: