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Student Volunteers week

For this year’s Student Volunteers week (19th -25th February) we are celebrating all the wonderful work carried out by our student volunteers here at St Michael’s Hospice. Mike Charlton, Head of Voluntary Services explains:

“We welcome volunteers at the Hospice from age 16 upwards. Some of the roles we offer require professional qualifications or a particular skill set, however we have a number of roles either within the Hospice, in our retail shops, offices or at our fundraising events, which simply require enthusiasm and a friendly approach. 

Many of our student volunteers join us as part of their college, school or university studies, this can range from medical, physiotherapy, social care and teaching students. Recently we welcomed Ryan from Brighton University, Ryan joined us to complete his 50 hours of work experience for his Education and Computing degree. As an aspiring teacher, Ryan was set the challenge of training our front of house volunteers. This was a demanding project as many of our volunteers had never turned a computer on, so it required Ryan to put his teaching skills to the test and the results have been amazing! Ryan designed the course and literature to support his teaching and, by the end of the course, all attendees will be able to use Outlook to email telephone messages and access peoples calendars to see who’s in. 

Not only is volunteering personally rewarding, but volunteering with the Hospice can enhance your CV. We can evidence the volunteering carried out and provide necessary references to college, university or prospective employees. Employees value the benefit of voluntary roles and this can make you stand out amongst your peers. 

Our volunteers are so important and we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the level of care or services without them. Last year our team of dedicated volunteers donated over 200,000 hours of their time, this was valued at approximately £1.8million (based on the standard living wage).*
The Student Hub stated “When students are supported to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other, both communities and students benefit. Student Volunteers Week is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate how social action creates positive change. High quality social action enhances communities and equips young people to become skilled, active citizens.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at the Hospice, call 01424 445177 or email

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