ACCORD Hospice Volunteer Application Form
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org | Post to ACCORD Hospice, 7 Morton Avenue, Paisley, PA2 7BW
There is a long standing involvement of volunteers in the work of the Hospice. Their contribution is critical to the success of ACCORD and we value the unique benefits that come from involving local people in our services.
Volunteers also help ACCORD to develop strong links with communities throughout Renfrewshire which raise awareness of ACCORD and of the care and support we provide to those who require our services.
Volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to ACCORD, which complements the existing skills of staff making the organisation more effective in the delivery of our services to patients and families.
There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer; to help others, learn new skills, make new friends, improve employment prospects, increase confidence; opportunity to give something back to the local community and for many, recognition and value of the care that a loved one has received from ACCORD in the past. Often volunteering can be a useful way to gain experience of interacting with patients in a health care environment, which may support future applications for college/university. The one thing all our volunteers have in common is they want their contribution to make a difference; and it does.
From helping on our inpatient unit, volunteering in a shop, marshalling at one of our fundraising events or supporting our innovative Renfrewshire Bereavement Network, there is something for everyone.
Last year over 30,000 hours were given by our volunteers!
We also gained in other ways. Volunteers bring many different and extensive skill sets which benefit our work enormously.
Volunteers come in all ages and from many different walks of life. These life experiences and varied backgrounds and outlooks add diversity and a bring a fresh perspective to life at ACCORD.
My interaction in the community hub with patients includes: Listening/Communicating/Leading discussion groups/running quizzes and bringing joy and laughter in difficult and challenging times.
Working as a volunteer at ACCORD uses my people skills gleaned from over 49 years in a customer service environment. The role is to be part of a team where our varied talents are put to good use across many areas within the community hub.
I’ve witnessed first-hand the care dedication and support which Accord staff and volunteers share with patients and their families. By committing time to ACCORD, I feel pride and satisfaction in giving support back to the community.
If you’re looking for a new challenge and purpose whether you are 21 or above... and some of us are well above!! , get in touch to be part of a team in achieving our PURPOSE which is to provide the best possible support to patients and their families.
The care and attention she received was second to none and I wanted to give my time to the hospice as a way of thanking everyone involved in her care.
My first post was at the reception and also the Spring and Christmas Fayres, the twice a year mail shots and art exhibition - to name but a few!
When the Renfrewshire Bereavement Network was set up the volunteers were there to answer the phone calls from people who were struggling with grief and required counselling to help them to cope.
I have made lots of new friends at the hospice and would recommend volunteering to anyone who enjoys helping people. You don’t have to be daft to volunteer at ACCORD but it helps!
If you would like to express an interest in volunteering with ACCORD in the future then please send your details to: Volunteering@accord.org.uk. Please leave your name and contact details and someone will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
So it’s no exaggeration to say that we would not be able to run successfully without our generous volunteers!
We have an amazing mix of volunteers; from those who come on board for a few months to learn new skills, to volunteers who have been with us since we opened nearly 40 years ago.
This diversity is something we really value as each person brings something different to the role.
Below you will find frequently asked questions about volunteering