Hospice opens for volunteer jobseekers

Sue Pearson- former nurse turned volunteer receptionist EMN-150824-160509001
Sue Pearson- former nurse turned volunteer receptionist EMN-150824-160509001

Lindsey Lodge Hospice is opening up its doors to job seekers searching for paid or voluntary opportunities.

For the first time the hospice on Scunthorpe’s Burringham Road will host an open day for job opportunities on Wednesday, September 9, 10am to 11.30am, and Monday, September 17, 5pm to 6.30pm, to enable visitors to have a tour around the hospice and understand what the charity does for hundreds of people every year in North Lincolnshire.

There are several prospects available including retail, catering, gardeners, administration and clinical staff, due to the high demand of the service which cares for terminally ill people.

Sue Pearson, from Bottersford, was in the nursing profession for 51 years, but she felt Lindsey Lodge Hospice gave her the most gratification which is why she worked there for 11 years.

“Nursing in palliative care gave me professional satisfaction,” she said.

“The quality of nursing you can give is tremendous and you have time to not only look after patients, but their relatives and friends too.”

Sue is now retired, but she couldn’t stay away from the hospice as she went back on a volunteering basis, but doing a different role.

“I enjoyed my holiday during retirement, but after that I wanted to do something worthwhile and meaningful,” she added.

“My friend told me about volunteering at the hospice and I thought ‘why not give it a go?’

“I work on reception and absolutely love it. It has been a vertical learning curve, understanding what the hospice does on the volunteering side.

“It’s humbling and mind blowing to see that they have a huge army of volunteers- it’s really opened my eyes.”

The hospice employs 130 people and has more than 500 volunteers in 30 different roles - each week volunteers give 755 hours to the hospice.

For more information about the hospice or the open events visit www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk or call 01724 270835.