I came across John Taylor Hospice when I was looking for volunteering for over the summer, not really knowing what a hospice did and never hearing of John Taylor Hospice. However, the experience as Sunset Walk Volunteer Intern made me wiser, more mature and a better person. The employees look not just at improving hospice services but also at personal development and teamwork.
The support I got from my co-workers was extremely helpful for my transition into the hospice. Working in a formal office setting exposed me to my weaknesses but my colleagues helped build my confidence, independence and social skills. The staff really are enthusiastic about what they do which makes all the difference to the services they offer and that attitude is then passed on to you as if you are all part of one family.
It was a great learning experience for me as I was able to see the theory of my studies in practice and gained a better understanding of how things I learn are translated into real life situations. It has also made me a lot clearer as to where I want to be in the future. Not a single moment of my time felt like it was being wasted as I was always developing a new or existing transferable skill.
From the friendly people to the relaxed atmosphere, the hospice and the office excelled my expectations and created an environment that not only allowed me to better myself but also my community. This brilliant opportunity helped me get a foot in the door of fundraising and events which gave me a passion for helping others.
Being the Sunset Walk Volunteer Intern has been a great learning experience where I was able to develop essential professional and personal skills that I need for the future.
At the end of the internship I can proudly say I now know what a hospice does and I am well acquainted with John Taylor Hospice. My internship has turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life so far.
If you’re interested in volunteering at John Taylor Hospice please contact our Volunteer Resource Co-ordinator Paddy Breen on 0121 728 6738 or email [email protected]