Carol has volunteered at Cavendish for 11 years. She supports our reception team by welcoming clients, making cups of tea and coffee, and supporting with admin work.
“I first started my time at Cavendish eleven years ago, and whilst it may seem so long ago, I can safely say I’ve loved every minute of it. I get such a great deal of self-satisfaction and happiness from helping others who need care, and I take that rewarding feeling home with me every night.
What started as simply something to get me out of the house quickly turned into something I very much love, and have a great passion for. My days are filled with meeting new people from all walks of life, not only from working on the reception in our centre, but also as part of the fundraising team. Being part of the fundraising team is so rewarding as it means I can go out and about within our local community, meeting people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Being a volunteer is great, I have the privilege of waking up in a morning and looking forward to my day knowing that in some way I am helping someone who has been affected by cancer; it makes it all worthwhile.
I would personally urge anyone to help volunteer in any way possible, please don’t hesitate. If you’re at home and you have a few hours spare, why not consider volunteering, it’s a great way to spend your time knowing that you’re dedicated help has made someone’s life just a little bit brighter.”
After she stopped working full time in 2014, Yvonne found herself with a lot of time on her hands with nothing to fill it. Having previously worked for 8 years at the Places for People group in their Supporting People division, it seemed only right to volunteer at Cavendish and spend her time helping out others.
‘A few of my good friends have been through Cavendish, and that’s how I found out about the amazing support they provide’.
Whilst Yvonne has only been volunteering as part of the essential admin support team since early 2016, she immediately knew she had found somewhere where she belonged.
‘As soon as I walked through the door I was made to feel at home, it’s got a much more personal feel to it compared to my previous jobs. Its closely connected community means that decisions are able to made quickly and efficiently, resulting in the best care for anyone who walks through the door’.
Due to limited funding Yvonne considers it even more important now than ever to volunteer.
‘So many charities need help, especially in today’s climate, and every little helps. Even if you don’t have any specific abilities, any help that you can volunteer is always appreciated, especially in a place like Cavendish’.
‘I love spending my time helping others, it’s great!’
Since being made aware of Cavendish a number of years ago after using the service and seeing just how helpful it could be, Margaret has been volunteering here since 2008.
‘They really made a huge difference in my life through all the support I received. It’s such a friendly and welcoming place which means they’ll always respond to anyone’.
As part of Cavendish’s speaker team it’s up to Margaret, alongside a number of other volunteers, to help raise awareness of how Cavendish can support anyone affected by cancer in the local community.
‘It’s great to go out and talk to people in the local area and understand their stories, especially how cancer may have affected them in their day to day life’.
More recently Margaret has started working on a new initiative for Cavendish called ‘Cancer Buddies’.
‘It’s a new service we’re going to start up where people who use our service can be ‘buddied’ up with someone else whose life may have been affected by cancer. It’s extremely helpful knowing that there can be someone there to talk to’.
Cancer can be a tough time for anybody, and it’s always good to know you don’t have to go it alone.
Since joining the Cavendish speaker team in January 2016; it’s Claire’s responsibility to reach out to the local community in order to raise awareness of our cause. Going out and about around the local area means that Claire meets anybody and everybody from all walks of life who may want to know more about the services we provide.
After previously going through Cavendish herself and noticing how much it helped her and how anybody could benefit in any shape or form from the care provided, she thought she would start volunteering for Cavendish after it helped her so much.
‘I’d been using the service before, and noticed how fantastic the care provided was. I really like that it’s so small and local, they really make you feel at home’.
Claire urges anybody with any spare time to volunteer.
‘It’s a really worthwhile cause, and it’s so important to give back to the community, especially those who need help. Even if it’s just spending a few hours a week helping, it never goes unappreciated’.
The friendly nature of the community of Cavendish Care is what makes it so special in Claire’s opinion.
‘They’re always there for anybody, and never turn anyone away’.
As part of the front of house reception team, Giselle greets everybody and anybody who walks through the door with a friendly smile, along with the option of a drink and a biscuit while they wait.
Since Giselle retired from full-time employment a few years ago, she heard from a number of friends about the how valuable the treatment given at Cavendish could be.
‘Two of my close friends have been through Cavendish over the past few years, and they found it to be incredibly beneficial’.
With her friend’s complimentary reviews in mind, Giselle thought she would volunteer at Cavendish, and here she has been since 2015.
‘The people who work here are all so lovely, everybody shares the same goal of wanting to help others as much as possible, and all the help really pays off’.
‘There’s such a positive atmosphere here, and everybody is always so friendly. It’s rare to find such positivity, especially in a place that deals with sadness on a daily basis, but the community of people willing to help here is so significant. I love it here, it’s giving me purpose’.
‘I would highly recommend anybody to get involved and volunteer here, you can spend as much or as little time as you like here, any help is always appreciated’.