Five ways you can get involved in The Big Help Out
To mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, thousands of organisations are taking part in The Big Help Out, including us at St Catherine’s.
Launching on Monday 8 May, The Big Help Out aims to raise awareness of volunteering opportunities across the UK and encourages everyone to get involved with supporting their local community.
We’ve listed five ways you can help us, and the wider community, during this nationwide initiative, and beyond!
Spread the Word
The more people that know about the hospice the better. There are so many benefits to volunteering, not just for us as charity, but also for the individual giving up their time.
Do you know someone that wants to give something back? Someone that wants to learn a new skill or grow their confidence? Or someone who would like to meet more people and make new connections? Whether it’s a young person doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, or someone that’s retired and looking to fill their spare time, remind them of the work we do at St Catherine’s. Let them know that we are always on the lookout for people to join our team and help make a difference to local families. You could tell them to have a look at our website, or follow us on social media, to learn more about what we do so they understand the impact they could have.
Celebrate Existing Volunteers
At St Catherine’s we rely on the hard work, skill, and dedication of approximately 800 volunteers. From helping in our shops, to caring for people on our wards; from providing admin support, to flying the flag at our events, we are so grateful for everything they do. Take this opportunity to remind the volunteers at your organisation how much they matter. Simply saying “thank you” will go a long way but try and be specific about the positive impact they have on your work.
If you don’t work directly with volunteers, consider praising those that you interact with in your personal life instead – the bucket collectors on the street corners; the charity shop assistants; the leaders at your children’s Scouts group. After all, these volunteers are such a key part of our community, and ensuring they feel valued and appreciated will motivate them to keep doing what they are doing.
A Day Off for Volunteering
Does your company offer a day off for volunteering as part of your employee benefits scheme? What better time to make use of this than during The Big Help Out?
Agreeing to volunteer somewhere regularly can feel like a big commitment to some people; for others, it just isn’t practical. Making use of this day during your normal working week is a simpler way to give something back. From 9 to 13 May we are offering taster volunteering sessions at our shop in Billingshurst. Contact our Volunteering Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01293 445351 to find out more. If we all do a little, it will really help a lot.
Volunteer at our Midnight Walk
If you cannot give up time during the working week, volunteering at one of our events is a great way to get involved.
With just over a month to go before the Midnight Walk, we need an army of amazing volunteers to ensure it’s a success. We have hundreds of walkers taking part; your role will be to keep them safe and motivated through the night. We need help between 7pm and 5am, but any time you can give will be really appreciated – even if it is just a couple of hours.
Learn About Your Community
If now isn’t the right time for you to commit to volunteering, learn more about the volunteers in your community instead. You never know, their stories might inspire you to give it a go in the future.
- Read about Maggy and Lesley, two of our hospice hosts, who support those staying on our wards.
- Read about Stephen, who has spent the last two Christmases volunteering at the hospice.
- Read Benita’s story and learn why she started volunteering to do bucket collections for St Catherine’s.
Whether you can spare a day, a week, or your volunteering becomes a regular thing, we’re so grateful for any time or attention you can give to St Catherine’s. Check out our current volunteering opportunities or download the Big Help Out app to find a role that suits you or someone you know.