Introducing Molly Clark, who has recently joined our team of Lymphoedema Volunteers
Our specialist Lymphoedema Service is the largest in the North East and we’re currently on the lookout for more volunteers to join the team. Molly Clark from Whitley Bay started volunteering in July and here she tells us more about her experience so far:
“My mum has worked at the Hospice for over 25 years and is now the Matron for Day Services. I’ve been visiting the Hospice since I was a baby so know some of the staff and over the years I’ve learnt lots about St Oswald’s, the Values, the service and Lymphoedema itself. I’m also aware of the impact the condition has on patients’ lives and how important the service provided by the Hospice is to improve their quality of life, which is why I decided to become a volunteer.
“During lockdown I completed my teacher training and since finishing my PGCE qualification I had some spare time on my hands. I thought that helping out at the Hospice would be a good use of time and a great learning opportunity. I’m due to start a new job as a science teacher very soon but will continue to volunteer in the school holidays.
My mum has worked at the Hospice for over 25 years and is now the Matron for Day Services. I’ve been visiting the Hospice since I was a baby so know some of the staff and over the years I’ve learnt lots about St Oswald’s, the Values, the service and Lymphoedema itself.
“This is a brand new volunteer role and my main duties include assisting a specialist practitioner both within clinics and on home visits, helping with anything they need such as making notes during assessments, removing bandages and getting any supplies that are needed.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time volunteering so far, St Oswald’s has such a family feel and I always feel so welcome. It’s been nice getting to know the team better, some of whom I have known since I was little and others I have met for the first time. I think my favourite part of the experience has been interacting with patients, chatting with them and hearing their stories. The patients that I’ve met have been so friendly and have really brightened up my day.
“I would recommend this role to other people as it’s extremely rewarding being able to help patients and see the difference that is being made to their lives. There’s a lot to gain from being a volunteer, such as building up good communication skills with a variety of people. It’s a great way to understand the work that hospices do and how they have such a positive impact on the patients they look after.
“This role would be perfect for anyone wanting to help people as well as those interested in a career in healthcare with a lot of hands on experience.”
If you’re looking to gain hands-on experience for your studies, future career or share your skills in patient care, we’d love to hear from you!
This volunteer role is based at our Hospice but involves delivering high standards of practical, personal and emotional support out in the community and in patient’s homes. You’ll be working with our wonderful Lymphoedema staff team to deliver treatment and support the running of this highly specialist service.Find out more and how to apply