Volunteers needed at Uttoxeter Supportive Care Centre

A new Supportive Care Centre to benefit the people of Uttoxeter is calling on local people to volunteer. Holly Road Supportive Care Centre is a partnership project between Katharine House Hospice and St Giles Hospice and aims to help local people live well in later life, as well as support improved end-of-life care for people living in the area. The centre will be mainly supported by volunteers when it opens in late July.

A variety of day therapies will be delivered at the Care Centre by Katharine House and St Giles Hospice. These will include lymphoedema management, bereavement support and complementary therapies. Volunteers are needed to assist the care team and a full time Coordinator by operating the reception, providing housekeeping duties and assisting visitors to the centre.

Amy Moore, St Giles Hospice Volunteer Services Manager said:
"We have already started to receive volunteer enquiries from local people, which is fantastic. Volunteers will be involved in welcoming visitors, answering calls, and assisting with providing information and advice. It is a community based and people orientated role which offers variety of tasks and the chance to meet and support many new people."

Karen Johnson, Katharine House Hospice Voluntary Services Officer said:

"Local people could make a real difference by volunteering their time to help.  Volunteers would be there at the very beginning of a new and exciting project and would meet many likeminded individuals.  However, the greatest reward would come from helping support the local community by ‘giving something back’.

Holly Road Supportive Care Centre is being created through the conversion of a former residential building in the grounds of The Hermitage Care Home in Holly Road, Uttoxeter. A partnership project between St Giles Hospice, Katharine House Hospice and The Hermitage Charity Care Trust, it was funded thanks to an award of £197,000 from the Lottery-backed Heath Big Local investment initiative.

People interested in finding out more about volunteering should visit www.hollyroad.co.uk , contact Amy Moore, at St Giles Hospice on 01543 434 546 or visit www.stgileshospice.com/volunteer.

Karen Johnson can be contacted at Katharine House Hospice on 01785 254645 kjohnson@khhospice.org.uk