Volunteering at Cranford Hospice: In-Patient Unit (IPU)

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Nathalie van Dort

Cranford Hospice has had volunteers working with the doctors and nurses in the In-Patient Unit since 2011. Many of the first group of volunteers are still working with us six years later. Our last new intake of volunteers from October 2016 have settled in and are making a valuable contribution to the IPU. Our volunteers are a wonderful part of the nursing team in the IPU.

More than 30 volunteers work 4-hour shifts between 9am – 9pm, seven days a week. Most volunteers work one shift a fortnight but this is flexible. Some volunteers fit their shifts around part time or full time work. Volunteers make cups of tea for patients and their families, keep cupboards stocked, hand out meal trays and help the nurses and household staff with whatever needs doing to ensure patients have the most comfortable stay possible.

Some of the volunteers are current or retired nurses while others come from a background of teaching, administration, running their own business, other areas of public health or have more time as their families have grown up.

Many of the volunteers have had a personal experience with Cranford Hospice through family and friends and want to give something back to the community by volunteering with us. Volunteers talk about the huge satisfaction they get from helping patients and their families during such a difficult time. What seems like the smallest of gestures such as a cup of tea, a hand to hold or a quiet conversation can be so meaningful to both the volunteers and the patient.


If you are interested in this opportunity or any other volunteering roles at Cranford Hospice please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Aitken on (06) 878 7047.
We will be holding our next training sessions for IPU volunteers on July 25 and August 7 2017, you need to be able to come on both days.

The image shows IPU volunteer Gerry Morris with Health Care Assistant Alison Knowles (ex IPU volunteer)