Hamar Centre Volunteers
The Hamar Centre first opened in 1991 and provides information and support for people with cancer, their carers and those with other serious illnesses. From the beginning we have always had a small band of volunteers who play a significant role providing support to our team and the smooth running of the Centre. They are people who choose to give their time for many different and personal reasons. For some it is a step on the ladder for getting back to work, for others it can be an opportunity for 'putting something back into the system', or for something new after retirement.
- One volunteer says: 'I walked past the Hamar Centre often and wondered if I could be of any help having heard about it from a friend who used to come here. At that time I was working full time, but when I recently retired another volunteer in the hospital gave me the telephone number. I have recently started at the Hamar Centre and I really enjoy my time here, I do one afternoon a week. I find it a very calm and inviting place to work, it also makes me appreciate my own good health which is something I haven't thought about before'
Generally we have found the placement works better if volunteers commit themselves to the same half-day session each week. This way they get to know the routine on that day (every day is different) and it can be reassuring for some clients to see familiar faces when they attend the Centre for support.
Some of the volunteers responsibilities include:
- reception duties
- answering the telephone
- basic office/filing
- making drinks etc
- providing a warm welcome at the Centre.
For more information about the Hamar Centre please see the Hamar Centre Main Page»
Volunteers are a valuable part of the team and their ideas and suggestions are always welcome, if you feel you would like to join us, please contact us on tel: 01743 261035.