Three cheers for hospice volunteers!

We will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to our charity and saying thank you for their time and dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week.

The week of celebrations runs across the UK from 1-7 June and is an opportunity to recognise and appreciate volunteering in all its diversity.

Charities across the UK will be holding events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering. Last year there were over 600 events across the country from award ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

To mark the occasion, John Taylor Hospice staff have organised a number of events during Volunteers’ Week, including:

Mix and Mingle event

The Mix and Mingle on Tuesday 4 June between 12-1pm is a chance for hospice volunteers to get together with staff members for a catch-up over lunch.

Thank You Party and Awards

The Volunteer Thank You Party and Awards will be held on Wednesday 5 June at 6pm. The hospice is delighted to be hosting its first ever awards party and will be crowning a Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Team of the Year and presenting the Extra Mile Award. 

Volunteers at our charity shop in Brownhills

“Volunteers are an integral part of our John Taylor Hospice team,” said Mark Jones, the hospice’s Head of Community Engagement and Volunteer Resource. “Not only do they provide much-needed practical support for staff, patients and families but they also offer friendship and enthusiasm and contribute valuable skills and experience to the hospice.

“We want our volunteers to know just how important they are to us. We’re hosting a number of events this week as an opportunity to say thank you and we’ll be taking to social media to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and the incredible contribution that our volunteers make to local communities.” 

Volunteer driver Trevor Lote

How to get involved

For John Taylor Hospice, the week will also be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer and to encourage people to find out how, through volunteering, they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

Mark added: “We have a number of opportunities available and are currently seeking volunteer drivers, retail volunteers and fundraising ambassadors. All of the details are on our website or are available from our Volunteering Team. Please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.”

To find out how to volunteer for John Taylor Hospice please visit our volunteering website pages or contact the Volunteering Team on 0121 728 6738 or at [email protected]

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