I started Volunteering for Midhurst Macmillan seventeen years ago when it was based at the King Edward VII Hospital just outside Midhurst. The hospital closed some years later, but the service was fortunate enough to relocate to premises behind the Cottage Hospital in Midhurst.
There are five of us who work as admin volunteers, each doing one afternoon a week, from 1-4:30pm.
Our job is to arrange transport and home visits for patients who require our help. The transport is mainly driving patients to hospital appointments around the area. We have many dedicated transport volunteers and home visitors, but always need more.
There are many patients who require home visits, those who are isolated and lonely, or their spouses need a little respite. Some need shopping done for them, and some just need an outing. We usually do this once a week.
We spend a lot of time on the telephone making the necessary arrangements. It is important, especially with home visits, to find the appropriate volunteer for the patient. Once this is done, we then telephone the patient to tell them who is coming and what time. Some patients we get to know very well and form quite a bond with them, which is nice. They are always extremely grateful.
Every transport and home visit we arrange is recorded for future reference so each admin, volunteer can pick up where the other left off. The system works very well.
I find working as an admin volunteer very rewarding and I really enjoy the contact with the families, many of whom are finding life quite difficult.
I do consider myself very lucky to be part of such a great team, it's a real community.
Sue Samuel - Admin Volunteer