Volunteer on reception at Ardgowan Hospice.
Sally had retired from a full time job at the Estates Office at Ardgowan House and soon realised she needed something more to do than gardening and hobbies. She wanted to support a local charity and use her work and life skills.
“I had been involved with fundraising for the hospice and I knew about the work they did in the community so I approached Ardgowan to see if I could become a volunteer.”
“I am very sociable and enjoy meeting people, so working on reception at the in-patient unit at Nelson Street is a good fit for me. I have one shift on a weekday morning and also offer to fill in when someone is on holiday.”
“I really enjoy volunteering. I feel I am doing something positive and that I am helping the daily routine of the hospice. I try and provide a welcoming atmosphere. I know some people are visiting at sad moments in their lives, but I do what I can to put them at ease and feel supported.”
Sally is also keen to point out the opportunities for progression at the Hospice. “If you want to learn new skills, there are so many volunteer opportunities in Finance, Human Resources and I am already looking to add to my duties in the near future. “