New support for Volunteers at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care with ambitions to grow the volunteering team

Nicola Garsden has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care in the role of Volunteers Manager. She has vast charity and healthcare knowledge and experience, having previously worked in the hospice sector for 13 years.

Nicola said, “I am really looking forward to getting to know all of our amazing volunteers and have ambitions to really support and grow the team.  At Lewis-Manning Hospice Care we are always looking for new recruits and have a huge variety of different roles to fill: retail, day hospice, drivers, administration and complementary therapy. Not only would you be helping the charity and people in your local community, there are many personal benefits from volunteering, ranging from confidence building, to socialising, meeting new friends, gaining new skills and experience, which can be transferable to the workplace.

“We would also love to achieve the ‘Investing in volunteers’ accreditation, which is a UK quality standard for good practise in volunteer management. We really want to make every volunteer that comes to us feel truly valued and part of a brilliant team that’s achieving great things for our local patients.

“I would urge anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to get in contact, you can reach me by email Nicola.Garsden@lewis-manning.org.uk  or call 01202 708470.

CEO Clare Gallie advised, “We are delighted to welcome Nicola.  She joins at a pivotal time in our growth and will be an invaluable member of the team. We have a number of fantastic volunteers who help us to deliver our care and support our office and fundraising initiatives without them we simply would not be able to help the local people that we are here to care for, and with Nicola’s experience and drive I am sure she will bring many more fantastic people on board to help.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:
– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Family bereavement & support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.

To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.

Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

www.lewis-manning.org.uk      Registered charity no. 1120193

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