Make a Difference at Dove House

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Dove House Hospice, a charity caring for people with life limiting illnesses in Hull and the East Riding, is appealing for new volunteers to help make a difference by joining its team of volunteer hairdressers.

Molly Swaine, a patient at Dove House

The volunteers at Dove House are truly marvellous and really do cater for every need. Being able to have my hair done whilst receiving such wonderful care was a lovely surprise for me and makes a real difference to my time here.

Dove House Hospice, a charity caring for people with life limiting illnesses in Hull and the East Riding, is appealing for new volunteers to help make a difference by joining its team of volunteer hairdressers.

The current Dove House hairdressing volunteers have proved incredibly popular with patients, making a significant contribution to the excellent quality of care which the local charity provides.

Now Dove House is hoping to recruit extra volunteers with hairdressing qualifications to provide a full hairdressing service which will be available to all hospice patients, including in-patients and patients attending the Day Therapy Unit.

With this service, Dove House aims to create a calming and tranquil environment, where patients can relax and enjoy the experience of being pampered.

Molly Swaine, a patient at the hospice said she feels that the volunteer hairdressing scheme means that she can still feel fabulous whilst receiving the quality care she needs.

“The volunteers at Dove House are truly marvellous and really do cater for every need. Being able to have my hair done whilst receiving such wonderful care was a lovely surprise for me and makes a real difference to my time here.”

Carol Raper, a volunteer hairdresser at Dove House said:

“Volunteering at Dove House is very much a two way street for me, I get just as much enjoyment out of the experience as the patients do. I gain a huge amount of satisfaction out of making the patients here feel better about themselves and I feel privileged to meet such wonderful people. It is a real pleasure to be using my skills to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

Dove House is always on the look out for volunteers with a variety of skill sets. Currently, the local charity is also appealing for new volunteers with Ebay experience to help in the running of its Ebay store, helping with uploading items onto the computer, taking photos, and packaging and posting sold items, as well as additional volunteers with IT skills, to get involved with the daily running of the online shop.

Sylvia Dent, Volunteer Services Manager at Dove House said:

“We rely heavily on volunteers. Without them, we would not be able to care for individuals with life limiting illnesses throughout Hull and the East Riding. We greatly appreciate the time and effort that all of our volunteers put into making our patients lives that little bit better and we are always keen to get more involved.”

Dove House Hospice is a palliative care facility based in Hull; it has been at the current Chamberlain Road location since 1989. It offers a range of care facilities that are designed to improve quality of life, from day care and in-patient care, through to symptom control for adults and terminal care. It also offers a wide range of complimentary therapies. The hospice is a registered charity and is therefore largely responsible for its own funding.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Dove House Hospice can contact the Volunteer Services Department on 01482 784343 or visit Dove House Website.

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