‘We would not be able to offer our services without support’
THE contribution volunteers play is ‘critical’ and without them a charity would not be able to provide the same level of support it does.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which has an office in Hodgemoor View, Chalfont St Giles, relies on the help of more than 1,000 people p providingg different services.
And according to Jane Carruthers, volunteer service manager for the charity, when you consider the charity only has 200 paid staff the maths adds up.
She said: “Volunteers are critical. Many of our services we couldn’t afford to offer, but also we recognise that they really enhance the service.
“They are a bridge between us, our patients, carers and the local community. We certainly wouldn’t be without them, we certainly y
couldn’t provide the number of qualified nurses we do.”
The hospice is a home service, which means they do not have beds at the office.
Instead, qualified nurses visit patients in their own homes.
Mrs Carruthers added: “We have volunteers at organisation but just in South Bucks all the other peop people in those shops are v volunteers so typically th there’s two, three, four, five volunteers in a shop and without the them we wouldn’t be able to raise the money that we raise for our reta retail services.”
But volu volunteers do not just work i in shops – the charity reli relies on a support tea team who provide a li listening service for the recently bereaved an and also help out at even events. “We’re a always happy to talk to others who wan want to vol volunteer,” Mrs Ca Carruthers ad added.
For more in information on v volunteering opportunites at the hospice visit hwww. renniegrove. org or call 01442 890 222.