My wife Marion passed away three years ago. Before she died she was in Forth Valley Royal and we asked to get her home and the hospice arranged for a bed to be delivered to the house and Hospice at Home team were there when she was brought home. They were so caring and supportive to her.


After Marion died I felt a bit lost and my son suggested I try volunteering. I am a bit of a DIY handyman so offered my services to see if there was anything I could do to help at the Hospice. 

Because of the amazing support we had from Hospice at Home I wanted to give something back as a thank you for helping ease the burden I experienced at the time. 

I come in a couple of times a week and have blended in with the Live Your Life team who have fully embraced me and it has been an absolute joy for me. It has been fabulous. 

I have helped do various tasks around the building and garden - in the winter when it was too wet do be outdoors I helped painting some doors inside. It was a great opportunity to meet other staff around the building and everyone is really friendly.

The people are generous and kind - I feel like we are friends and comrades now!

When the Hospice popped a social media post out about me last year it was amazing as a friend I hadn’t seen in 15 years got in touch and we reconnected again. We meet up once a week for a catch up and lunch are back to being old pals again which was another lovely thing to come from my volunteering.

When the staff say thank you for the work I do around the place I feel really overwhelmed. I am just happy to be involved and help.

I was apprehensive about volunteering at first, but I get great reward from being involved and pride from the work I can do to help around the place. I am thankful for the opportunity and it has been wonderful for me.

Being here has taken some burden off my grief and gives me a real focus to my day. I am sure Marion would be proud of what I am doing. If you have the time or inclination to volunteer it could become a part of your healing process. 

If you would like to discuss how you would like to volunteer at Strathcarron Hospice, please complete an Application Form or contact our Volunteer Service Co-ordinator Eileen Ashford on Tel. No. 01324 826222 Ext 271 or e-mail [email protected].

Eileen will arrange for you to come up for a chat so that we can understand how best to use your skills and expertise and what roles would be best suited for you.

By volunteering with us you can make a real difference.

If you are interested volunteering with the Hospice, please click here

If you are interested volunteering at one of our shops or in distribution centre, please click here

* Certain roles within the Hospice are subject to a Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.  Prior to the meeting with the Volunteer Service Co-Ordinator, volunteers will be notified of the documents required where a role is subject to a PVG check.