Children’s hospice charity launches volunteer recruitment drive

10 January 2019

Scotland’s national children’s hospice charity - Children’s Hospices Across Scotland - better known as CHAS – launches it’s 2019 volunteer recruitment campaign.

New CHAS LogoNo matter how little time you have to give, CHAS is encouraging Scots across the country to make a real difference to the lives of families with children with life-shortening conditions by donating any time they can spare in 2019.

Three children die every week in Scotland from a life-shortening condition, and at present, CHAS is only able to reach one of those. Described as a ‘lifeline’ by many families they care for, CHAS is on a mission to be there for every family who needs them. But to reach them all, CHAS must recruit more volunteers.

The national children’s hospice service currently has over 890 active volunteers working in every area of CHAS, from retail to nursing and fundraising to events photography. Without them, CHAS wouldn’t be able to care for families across the whole of Scotland, facing the unimaginable – that their child will die before they do.

Morven MacLean, Head of Volunteering at CHAS, said:“There are so many benefits to be gained from volunteering such as making new friends, learning new skills and developing your confidence. We have a variety of flexible opportunities to get involved with to fit around busy work schedules, as well as opportunities for children too, so no matter how little time you have to give, or your age, we want to hear from you.”

Elaine Clarke, Retail Driver Volunteer at CHAS Rachel House, said:“I’ve met lots of new people through volunteering with CHAS and there’s always fun and laughter. I’d recommend that anyone give it a try – no matter how much or little time you have as CHAS are so grateful for whatever you can give!”

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. The national charity offers palliative care and respite for the whole family via its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. It’s CHAS at Home service supports families in their own homes across the whole of Scotland and has teams working in communities and hospitals across the country.

To find out more about volunteering with CHAS, go to www.chas.org.uk

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