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We provide all our services free of charge. We couldn't do this without donations.
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quote.gif We both felt the warmth of the Hospice blanket around us in our isolation - the tiredness, the illness, the coming to terms with the terminal illness were made so much easier by knowing Hospice caring staff were there for us both.
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Join our team now

We offer a great, friendly environment, on the job training and the chance to help a really great cause, so what’s stopping you?!
Phone Hospice House on 425 9535
or email admin@hospicehouse.org.nz

We have a special appreciation for those who give of themselves by serving as hospice volunteers. Whether it’s visiting patients, helping in the office or helping in the fundraising teams, your help means our professional team can devote their time to providing exceptional care to our patients and their families.

There are 3 main areas of volunteering in hospice. All are vital in supporting our service.

  • Working with patients and families
  • Fundraising
  • Administration

Working with patients and families

Family support volunteers provide practical and emotional support for patients and their families, but do not undertake any medical tasks.
Typically, a family support volunteer would:
  • Visit the family to give the main caregiver some time out.
  • Keep in contact with the family by phone.
  • Run small errands to do small practical tasks.
  • Be available as a listening ear to talk about things that family and friends might find difficult to discuss.
Volunteers working with patients and families are fully suported by a dedicated family support coordinator and receive specific training for their work.

Life Review service

Trained volunteers work with patients who want the opportunity to record their life story, allowing them to reflect and make sense of their lives. The volunteer records the patient's memories, relections or messages, types and edits it, and prepares it for publishing in book form or as an album, memory box, letters or cards - whatever the patient wants to leave as a legacy for their loved ones.

Fundraising

With less than 1/3 of our funding coming from the government, the work of our various fundraising teams is critical for the survival of our services. There are many areas of fundraising you can be involved in. Some require a regular commitment of a few hours, while others are on an as-available basis.
  • Hospice shops
  • Garage sales
  • Rag-cutting
  • Major events
  • Smaller commuity events and stalls
  • Catering

Hospice shops

We raise thousands of dollars from our hospice shops each year, which is then put towards funding patient care in the Rodnay community. This is made possible by the work and commitment of our shop volunteers.
We have 3 very productive shops, in Warkworth and Wellsford, selling a variety of second-hand clothes and homeware.
Each of our hospice shops has a committed team of volunteers, working alongside a paid manager. Without the help and support of our volunteers, we would not be able to run our shops and we are very grateful for everyone who donates their time and skills.
Along with serving in the shop, there are volunteer positions for those who prefer to help with the large job of sorting and pricing donated goods.
Many shop volunteers enjoy a regular weekly or fortnightly shift but for busier people, a minimum of one shift a month is all that we ask. A shift is 4 hours long.

There are several different roles for volunteers in our shops:

  • Accepting donations
  • Sorting
  • Steaming
  • Pricing
  • Window displays, merchandising
  • Serving customers
  • Promoting the Hospice
  • General housekeeping
  • CD, DVD and book organisation

The Warkworth shop is in Argyll Angle in Central Warkworth (former Letchers Variety Store).
The Wellsford shop is at 181 Rodney Street, Wellsford.
Both shops are open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm; and Saturday 9am-1pm. Shifts are 4 hours long.
Tickled Pink, next to the Warkworth Hospice Shop, specialises in retro, vintage and collectible curiosities. It's opening hours are 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am to 1pm Saturday.

Garage sale

Operating from the garages at the back of Hospice House, the garage sale team meets weekly to sort donated clothing and homeware items, and on Wednesday to run the weekly garage sale, from 6.30am to 11am.
Another team collect and sell donated furniture using the hospice van. This is an area where men often prefer to volunteer.

Rag cutting

Cotton clothes that are not good enough to sell are cut, bagged up and sold to businesses in the industrial area as rags. This service not only adds to our fundraising efforts but also helps with recycling. Rag cutters meet on Tuesday mornings at Hospice House to sort and cut. A regular commitment is not required from this team as volunteers come and go as they can.

Major events

Warkworth Wellsford Hospice holds 2 or 3 big events a year
  • M-art-akana, the art exhibition at Matakana on Anniversary Weekend.
  • Hospice Homes Tour, held every second year in November (next one 2016)
We always need volunteers to help out at events - for the homes tour alone we need more than 60 'house minders'! The tasks are not onerous and our volunteers always have fun.

Smaller community events and stalls

We hold several stalls a year, which need volunteers to spend a couple of hours as part of a roster, selling goodies, accepting donations or offering information. We usually have two or more people on at any one time to make it more social and enjoyable for those helping. These events include:
  • Add a Dollar for Hospice outside New World in May
  • Kowhai Festival in October - this year we will be selling books
  • Remembrance trees in December
Can you sew, bake or do you have Creative Abilities?
For those with abilities in sewing, baking or any form of art and craft we can also make good use of these skills at various stalls and fundraising events.

Catering

Our catering team provides food and staff for events such as funeral teas, birthdays and anniversary parties. They also support many of our hospice events by providing refreshments for participants or other volunteers.
You can also help  our catering team by donating home-baked goods that we can freeze for later use.

Administration

Office

Office volunteers fill the receptionist position at Hospice House on a roster basis in afternoon shifts. They answer the phone, greet visitors, do banking, shopping, filing, photocopying, and general office work. Those with computer skills use Word, Excel or Publisher.
 

As-available volunteers

There are several other volunteer positions that do not require a regular commitment of time. Volunteers who make themselves available on call are just as important as our regular volunteers. They may help with:
Events
Property, grounds and vehicle maintenance
Collating and folding newsletters
Relieving admin volunteers

Training

All volunteers are required to complete an application form, attend an interview and undergo training provided by Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.

If you would like to become a volunteer please contact us.
Phone 425 9535
Email admin@hospicehouse.org.nz

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