A week to celebrate volunteers

Categories: Community Engagement.

Volunteers’ Week runs from 1 to 7 June 2013 and is designed to celebrate the contribution that more than 20 million volunteers in the UK make each year.

Volunteers contribute more than £40 billion to the UK economy and donate more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. 

More than 100,000 people volunteer for hospices across the UK every year. Hospices could not provide all the vital services that they do without the suppport of their volunteer base.

In the EAPC ONLUS blog recently, Dr Sara Morris, senior researcher at the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, UK, explained the background to an article about researching volunteering in hospices.

In the blog she says: ‘Volunteers are integral to the history of hospices and continue to play a vital role. However, economic, policy and demographic challenges in the twenty-first century raise questions about how best to manage this essential resource.’

Read the blogpost by Dr Sara Morris on EAPC ONLUS. A longer version of the article was selected as ‘Editor’s choice’ in the May edition of the Palliative Medicine journal.

If you would like to volunteer, you can visit the Volunteering England webpage, or contact your local hospice or organisation/service that you would like to volunteer for directly. 

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