Hi, I'm Paul. I have been a Tŷ Hafan volunteer for the past six years. It all started after I organised a Movember event where I work in the Royal Mint. We chose Tŷ Hafan as our charity as, having been blessed with a healthy child, I wanted to support children and families who were not so fortunate.
I have worked in the Royal Mint for 27 years from shop floor to supervisor and now team leader. I work various shift patterns, which gives me time to volunteer.
When the Tŷ Hafan ambassador visited the Mint to receive the cheque, she talked so passionately about the hospice that it inspired me to continue to be involved. I started volunteering as a collection box agent, visiting various businesses and counting the proceeds ready for banking. Following that, I became the main counter for the other collect only agents.
One of the boxes on my route close to where I live was at the Tŷ Hafan shop in Talbot Green. I was overwhelmed to see the volume of donations and how much hard work is required to sort and display the items donated in the shop. I was amazed by the hard work and skills required of the staff. But what amazed me more was their passion and how much they enjoyed their work while raising money for such a fantastic cause.
So I decided to volunteer at the shop, where part of my role is to sort the donations, input data and whatever is required on the day and, of course, I am also the tea maker!
Initially I didn’t think I would like working in the retail environment, but I was totally wrong. It is great to learn different skills and meet so many people.
It is also great to work with other volunteers that are so enthusiastic, who work extremely hard with humour.
I have been working there for a numbers of years now and really feel part of the team.
During a volunteers' meeting at the hospice, I was shown around the building. I was astounded by everything about it, the building, the staff, the volunteers and the chefs. They are extremely friendly and hardworking.
So you guessed it, I decided to volunteer to work in the kitchen! It is during my time spent in the hospice that I see where all the hard work and dedication from the volunteers comes to fruition.
I assist with the preparation of food and help ensure the kitchen is clean to the right standards. (I also wind up the chefs. That’s the best bit!).
Working Christmas Day was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they saw Father Christmas. That day was something special and a day I will always remember.
Since working for Tŷ Hafan, I have met so many passionate, skilled people, from the CEO, finance staff, doctors, nurses, chefs and volunteers.
I love working at Tŷ Hafan, seeing the children and their families enjoying their time in such a wonderful place inspires me to want to do more, but unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day!
I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone who has a few hours spare; it doesn’t have to be days, just a few hours of your time. There are so many opportunities, from collecting the boxes to working at one of the shops. Everyone involved is friendly and easy to get on with.
You will challenge yourself, improve your skills and have fun. You won’t regret it.
Being a volunteer gives me such a sense of achievement and has made a huge difference to my life. I have great satisfaction from my role, being able to do something to help people. I feel grateful to play a part in the work of the hospice.
To volunteer or to find out more information, visit https://www.tyhafan.org/volunteer/