Spotlight on...Ward Catering Volunteers (1)

Spotlight on...Ward Catering Volunteers

Posted on 18 July 2018 by Monika Reichelt

Our volunteers have a powerful impact on the delivery of hospice services carrying out over 40 different roles across the whole organisation.

26% of our volunteers generously give their time to Support Services, including Ward Catering where no two shifts are ever the same. The usual duties include taking fresh water jugs to each patient in their room, offering morning teas and coffees, making up trays and serving individual lunches, with plenty of chat along the way!

Jennifer Bowie, who was one of our dedicated Ward Catering Volunteers thoroughly enjoyed her time at the hospice and appreciates she was able to help others as well as to enjoy the many personal benefits volunteering has brought to her life.

Jennifer says “Every Saturday when I left my shift I felt satisfied that I’d put my time to good use. It feels so important to help others. I have learnt a great deal in my time here and I would encourage anyone interested to give it a go. I will look back on volunteering here with great fondness and will always be grateful for these experiences.”

Jennifer first became interested in the work of the hospice whilst taking part in Starlight Walk. Shortly after the event she joined our ward catering team in the in-patient unit.

She adds “I have taken great comfort from knowing I have made a positive contribution, however small, to these patients at a very difficult time. Overall I now see the hospice is a happy and welcoming place, where every day of life is very much celebrated.”

Jennifer concludes “Just get involved! I have learned a great deal in my time here and would encourage anyone interested to give it a go. I am so glad I did. I will look back on volunteering at the hospice with great fondness as I pursue my own medical career and will be grateful for everything I learned.”

Would you like to join our ward catering team?

We are currently looking for a number of Ward Catering Volunteers who would assist in delivering meals and refreshments to patients and visitors in the in-patient unit.

This role will involve:

  • Serving patients in the In-patient Unit drinks and food.
  • Socialising with patients and their families to promote a positive and friendly atmosphere.
  • Keeping the ward kitchen clean in accordance with Environmental Health guidelines.
  • Liaising with nursing and catering staff about patient needs.
  • You will receive training and support to carry out your role.


Click here for more details or to apply

Closing date: Sunday 19th August


See what it’s like to be a part of our catering team in the video below: