It's national Volunteers’ Week this week, where we celebrate and thank our volunteers for their year-round commitment and invaluable support.

Each day this week, we’re going to tell you about the volunteer opportunities we have and about some of the wonderful volunteers we have giving their time to support Treetops Hospice.

Janet volunteers on reception at the hospice in Risley:

“On New Year’s Eve I retired from work as I’d recently recovered from illness and felt that it was time to give myself a break. So, I was looking for something that would give structure to my day and keep my brain active and I was accepted for training as a volunteer in January. I was already a volunteer at Nottingham City Hospital in the Breast Institute chatting to patients who had just been diagnosed with cancer and I also help to run the Support Group attached to the Institute.

“I wanted something a bit closer to home and as my husband Keith had got a lot of comfort from outpatient care at Treetops during his short but terminal illness, Treetops Hospice seemed a natural choice. My brother in law had also received care at Treetops Hospice again for a short time. Keith had said that Dr Swanwick was the first person who really understood how he felt.

“The training was very thought provoking and I met some really lovely people, most of whom were there for similar reasons to mine. So far I’ve enjoyed being a member of the team of over 600 volunteers as everyone is so friendly and helpful which makes it very rewarding. I work on reception and also once a fortnight in the kitchen and help at the car boot sales. I feel privileged to be part of it.”

Do you want to be part of it too?

Our receptionists are the face of the hospice, the initial contact for most guests into the hospice and also the friendly voice at the end of our telephones when people call.

The role is very varied and has a lot of contact with people, either in person, over email or telephone calls. Reception is usually manned by two volunteers and there is always something going on. If you enjoy a busy environment then the reception role might just be for you!!

If you are interested in becoming a reception volunteer please contact us using this form or call the hospice on 0115 949 1264 and ask for Imogen!