Volunteering has its benefits
Alice House Hospice volunteer turned full time staff member Kevin Jeffries is celebrating over a decade in service and sharing his story to encourage others to get involved with the local charity.
Kevin first joined the organisation as a van driver on a volunteer placement arranged by Hartlepool Borough Council in October 2007. Kevin’s enthusiasm, hard work and warm nature impressed his colleagues and he was taken on as a full time paid staff member in March 2008. He still finds the work rewarding and drives around the region doing collections and deliveries for the Hospice’s nine charity shops.
Kevin said “It’s a brilliant job and I never get bored, it’s great meeting people and you get to have plenty of laughs. I’d encourage anyone to volunteer for the Hospice like I did because it got me into a job that I love and I know that my work helps other people.
The work can be really varied as I like to get involved with other areas of the Hospice. I have taken part in and helped out at fundraising events like the Colour Run and It’s a Knockout.”
Senior Retail Manager Karen Witherley added “Kevin is a great asset to the Hospice and is now a familiar face around Hartlepool. Through volunteering, he has developed skills and confidence which led to him getting a job that he has enjoyed since.
We currently need volunteers in all areas of retail as well as in other areas of the Hospice. Anyone who is looking to learn, gain experience and meet new people could follow Kevin’s example because as being rewarding and worthwhile it can also lead to new opportunities.”