During the pandemic many of our volunteers have had to press pause on their roles. While this has meant that they haven’t been coming in to volunteer as usual, it hasn’t stopped many of our volunteers from staying connected.

The Saturday morning volunteers from the Terminus Road Community Shop have been keeping their volunteering spirit alive by having their usual coffee break together. Every Saturday at 11am the group get their coffees ready and then text each other to say hello! Other Retail volunteers, from the Donation Centre and the Green Street Community Shop, have had weekly catch-ups with a buddy they usually volunteer with by phone.

Some of our Host volunteers who have been able to keep volunteering have been keeping their usual volunteer teams up to date with what’s been happening at the hospice via text and the odd phone call.

Our Community volunteers have been given the opportunity to stay connected via WhatsApp; one of our volunteers said ‘It is so nice having the chance to talk and support other volunteers, it really keeps me going and feels like we are one big team.’

We have also continued to offer peer support groups via Zoom to give volunteers the chance to virtually meet and confidentially share information about the patients and carers they are supporting. Volunteers who attended the first Zoom meeting said they enjoyed putting names to faces and meeting other members of the team.

It’s also been lovely to see volunteers posting on our public Community group on Facebook.  Seeing people share stories about what they are up to and chatting with other volunteers has been a real positive during this difficult time.

We would love to hear from more of you about how you are staying in touch. Let us know your stories via [email protected]