Local charity thanks their student volunteers

Caroline & Georgina

This week is Student Volunteering Week and Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is highlighting the important role that young people play across the organisation.

“We have over 50 young people who give their time to support our charity and we would like to thank each and every one of them,” says Charmain Behan, Volunteer Engagement Manager at the charity.  “They bring with them energy and enthusiasm and play a key role in our ability to run our shops and also provide additional support at our events and in the Hospice itself.”

Georgia Bolland is a student at Aylesbury High School and a volunteer at the charity’s Furniture Showroom in Aylesbury.  “I began as a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer, completing a 13-week course, while assisting with both online and in-store sales. I have obtained valuable retail experience and worked in my first professional setting. I always enjoy volunteering here and have had nothing but positive experiences. I am so grateful to the charity for the skills and knowledge it has provided me, and I will continue to volunteer here for as long as I am able to.”

Lily Caswell, Head of Retail at Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity says, “We love the diversity that the students bring to our shops, with their new ideas and knowledge, we are very fortunate to have so many.”

The Charity has youth placements across the county and works with the schools and colleges across the region to offer opportunities to anyone over the age of 14 looking for Duke of Edinburgh volunteering or community service placements or to gain vital work experience skills as part of their course.

You can find out more about youth volunteer placements with the charity at fnhospice.org.uk/youth-volunteering or by emailing volunteering@fnhospice.org.uk.