"Just go for it"

Date Published: 3rd June 2019

Daniel speaks to us about what he loves most about volunteering at Teesside Hospice

“Volunteering at Teesside Hospice is all about my strengths. Not my weaknesses. I was born with a condition called Robert S.C Syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder. As a result I have shortened limbs, but I’ve never let this stop me achieving what I want to achieve. I just get on with things, I always have and always will.

I had always wanted to volunteer here because of the amazing work Teesside Hospice do in our local area, so when the opportunity came up, I went for it!

The environment here is not what a lot of people think it would be like. It’s full of laughter and happiness. It’s really opened my eyes working here, it’s made me a lot more understanding and appreciative.

What I love most about volunteering at the hospice is the amazing people I meet, from staff and volunteers, to our local community. Volunteering here gives me the opportunity to chat to people, boost my confidence and learn new skills.

I volunteer on reception in Bereavement Counselling, my daily jobs include meeting and greeting clients, answering the phone, booking appointments and preparing the meeting room for education sessions. I’ve been volunteering here since June 2018, and I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute of it.

I would say to anyone that is thinking about volunteering, just give it a go. It really is a fantastic opportunity. The skills I have gained from volunteering will help me a lot when I move into employment.”

For volunteering opportunities please visit https://www.teessidehospice.org/jobs/by-type/Volunteer

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