The start of a new year is a great time to make changes, focus on new interests or set some personal goals. This January, we’re asking people if they could volunteer for a better new year.

There are many different benefits to volunteering. As a volunteer, you get to meet new people, share your skills, learn some new ones and make a real difference in your local community. As an organisation, we really value the time, compassion, skills and expertise our volunteers bring, so that together we are able to support patients and their families when they need us most. We offer over 70 different roles across all areas of our work: in the local community, out in our shops, at our Hospice in Esher and in people’s homes; there truly is something for everyone.

Research has shown that the mental and physical health of volunteers improves as they start volunteering for a cause that is close to their hearts; confidence increases as valuable new skills are learnt and people report feeling a stronger sense of connection to others, too. At Princess Alice Hospice, we want everybody to feel they belong and are welcome when they volunteer with us. We know that some real lasting friendships have been forged over many years and we often hear how proud people are to be associated with our compassionate care.

Our Volunteering team is headed by Vanessa Hill, who says:

Vanessa‘’Through my own volunteering I have shared my skills, and learnt far more new ones, had the opportunity to try different things and made some lifelong friends along the way. Volunteering can have a big impact on you personally, as well as on your local community. Whether you’re looking for a regular commitment or want something more flexible – your free time can really make the difference.’’

A huge thank you to those of you who may be reading this as volunteers for us already. We’ve been working on a short film about the vital role our volunteers play – you may recognise a few familiar faces – so look out for that on our website and social media channels later this month.

For those of you who aren’t volunteering yet, why not give it a go in 2024 and see if you too could volunteer for a better new year? We are running our next Introduction to Volunteering session on Thursday 11 January, which is a great opportunity to find out more.