Volunteers Week is 1st to 7th June. Volunteers Week is a national initiative to celebrate and recognise everyone who gives their time freely in support of a charity. It’s a way to say thank you and recognise the invaluable and diverse contribution made and, of course, here at Strathcarron Hospice we couldn’t possibly do all that we do for patients and families without this most incredible support from ordinary people in our local communities. There are over 400 people who regularly volunteer their time to support your Hospice. Their roles vary considerably and all of them bring something very special to our workplace. To be amongst people who have the heart to help others with no financial gain makes for a very happy atmosphere even within the sadness we often witness. You might be surprised to learn we have volunteers who carry our professional roles such as in our Finance team, IT and Maintenance working alongside volunteer drivers, flower arrangers and receptionists. Of course there are too many to mention but we would like to highlight all the volunteers who work within Strathcarron shops as, without them, these shops could not exist. Volunteering and helping others can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time from your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. If you would like to find out more about volunteering at Strathcarron Hospice please visit www.strathcarronhospice.net or contact Eileen on 01324 826222.