To mark the start of Student Volunteering Week, we asked siblings Chris and Kirsty, who have been Community Companion volunteers since November, to share their story. Both are studying alongside their volunteering – they tell us why they have chosen to support St Barnabas.
"Our Nan was cared for here at the hospice, and our mum also does fundraising, so we were very aware of how great the service is." explains Kirsty, who is hoping to become a Neuropsychologist. "I chose to become a Community Companion to gain experience from working with patients. I really enjoyed the training, and it prepared me well and gave me a confidence boost."
Chris, who hopes to be a Paramedic, has been visiting his patient for a couple of weeks. "I really enjoy going to visit my patient, we have a really good chat and a cup of tea – we get on so well. I would really encourage other young people to consider volunteering because it works so well alongside studying; it is really flexible."
Kirsty says, "Even if I was working, I would find just a couple of hours to volunteer, it makes such a difference in that person's life."