Thank you for volunteering for our Hospice Awareness Week Appeal
Here is some information covering what you can expect on the day.

Hospice Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about hospice care and educate our community about the impact we are making. In 2024, Hospice Awareness Week runs from Monday, 13 May to Sunday, 19 May.

Each site will have a Site Coordinator and their contact information will be available to you on the day that you will be collecting, they will be your first point of call on the day shift to answer any further questions or concerns you may have. If by chance you are unable to contact them, and have a more urgent question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sasima (her details are at the bottom of this).

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If you are the first shift to arrive, you will see a Waipuna Hospice counter setup. Your Site Coordinator may also be there to greet you. While we endeavour to have two volunteers per shift for you to have someone to talk to and help, this is dependent upon getting enough volunteers per shift and will always check in with you to check if you would be ok to collect on your own. We will provide information packs, hand sanitiser, wipes and a rubbish bag to keep you and the public safe.

 

On the day of your collection, you will likely notice that some members of our community have a special connection with hospice, some may wish to share with you their stories likewise some like to donate quickly and walk away. From time to time you may find yourself being a listening ear, we thank you in advance for your kindness in these circumstances.

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Some tips while collecting:

Please do:
– Make eye contact
– Wish people a good day
– Smile
– Be friendly

Please do not:
– Shake the bucket
– Leave the donation bucket unattended
– Be unfriendly
– Stand behind the Waipuna Hospice counter

The Waipuna Hospice stand can stay left up all day and overnight. If you are on the last shift for the day, your Site Coordinator will meet you at the end of your shift to take the donations collected from the day from you for banking. Please note that according to Waipuna Hospice’s Cash Handling Policy, there is no change to be given from the donation box.

We request that you report to the site on time in consideration of the volunteer before you; those finishing their shift should wait a few extra minutes to hand it over.

We do ask that, if possible, you stand for your shift in front of the Waipuna Hospice stand as this creates more opportunities for conversation with those walking past you. We have chairs available if you are unable to stand for the two-hour shift.

Once again, thank you for giving your time to help Waipuna Hospice support those facing end-of-life and bereavement. We are extremely grateful to you.

Sasima Pearce

07 552 4380 ext. 317 | 022 136 1167 | sasimap@waipunahospice.org.nz