Caption: Phyllis Tuckwell’s Hospice Home Support volunteers visit patients at home once a week, providing help and companionship.
“Every time you visit them, patients will tell you how amazing it is. They say ‘you don’t know how much a difference it makes’ and I think that’s true. It’s the simple things, like sitting with someone and listening to them. It’s definitely a worthwhile thing to do; you get more back than anything you give.”
These words from Debby, one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s Hospice Home Support volunteers, summarise the benefits that both patients and volunteers get from this free service. Being seriously ill can cause anxiety and stress, and can be lonely too. By becoming a Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Home Support (HHS) volunteer, you can make a real difference to someone’s life, providing practical and emotional support and companionship at a difficult time.
Phyllis Tuckwell provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. Its Hospice Home Support volunteers visit some of its patients at home once a week, taking them out shopping or to medical appointments, going on outings with them, or simply sitting and listening to them talk, over a cup of tea. It may just be a few hours, but their presence and support is invaluable to these patients, and it also allows their carers to have a few hours’ break. As well as helping others, Phyllis Tuckwell’s volunteers enjoy the sense of purpose and of giving back to the community which HHS gives them. They often say that they benefit from it just as much as the patients do!
Phyllis Tuckwell offers initial and ongoing training and guidance to all of its HHS volunteers. Its training sessions for new HHS volunteers will take place over five Saturdays across January and February. For more information and details on how to become a HHS volunteer, call Phyllis Tuckwell’s Voluntary Services team on 01252 729400. To find out more about the care which Phyllis Tuckwell offers, visit www.pth.org.uk.