1st – 7th June 2018 is Volunteers Week – a good time for us to profile the many ways you can get involved with the charity and an opportunity for us to celebrate the positive impact these volunteers have on our work.
We are a small team here are Pharmacist Support, but we have a big job to do! We help pharmacists across the country in a variety of ways, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without the hard work, effort and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers.
For some people it is a way to give back or say thank you; if you have benefited yourself from an organisation or been aware of the positive impact it can have. For others it might be a good way to meet new people and stay connected within the profession. It can also be a great way to learn new skills and improve your CV. In fact volunteering fits well with some of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ that we promote in our wellbeing workshops – give, learn and connect! Volunteering is a great fulfilling way to give back to your community and can also make a really positive impact on your own life.
Four different volunteer teams:
- Our Ambassadors are our newest and largest team of volunteers. They attend events up and down the country and speak to people across their local areas about the free and confidential services available. This may be staffing an information stand or delivering a presentation to help raise awareness of our work, to recruiting fundraisers and organising fundraising events.
- Our Listening Friends volunteers. The Listening Friends service is a telephone support helpline which was established over 20 years ago in 1996. These volunteers are all current or retired pharmacists with experience of the issues those in the pharmacy profession face. They give up their time to speak to callers who have personal or work related issues that are causing them stress, to enable them to offload and hopefully find a way forward.
- Our Home Visitor volunteers visit our annual beneficiaries (these may be; people who are retired, or isolated, or living with a medical condition) in their homes. It is extremely important for the charity to ensure that the pharmacists we are supporting are adequately cared for. These volunteers are our eyes and ears on the ground. They provide assistance completing forms as well as provide a friendly face and perhaps a connection to the profession they may have lost.
- Our Coaching volunteers are a small group; they are part of a pilot coaching scheme which the charity is delivering for Boots Pharmacy Association (BPA) members. The coaches have received coaching training and are full of enthusiasm to share their new skills. They are each working with clients and hope to see great progress as the sessions progress.
Celebrating our Volunteers
In celebration of our ever growing team of amazing volunteers we are hosting a special event! On Sunday 24th June we are uniting all four of our volunteer teams for the first time and welcoming them to Manchester. Here we hope everyone can come together for a spot of lunch and then a ‘getting to know you’ session where they’ll learn more about us and each other’s roles.
Our volunteers will have the opportunity to network with each other and share experiences. They might even decide they fancy trying a different role. We also have some new volunteers for whom this will be their introduction to the charity and the team. Ultimately we want them all to feel part of the PS family!
Some of our volunteers do so anonymously, but others you will see out and about. If you get a chance please thank them and remember what an amazing job they all do for your charity and the profession.