Volunteering at town’s hospice

Jack Turner, St Wilfrid's volunteer SUS-151028-164255001
Jack Turner, St Wilfrid's volunteer SUS-151028-164255001

St Wilfrid’s Hospice has hundreds of volunteers and is always on the look out for more.

Jack Turner is a volunteer bereavement counsellor at the hospice.

He said, “I’ve been volunteering at St Wilfrid’s for 10 months and work there three days a week. Bereavement and pre-bereavement counselling is offered to the patient and their families and it’s a great part of what the hospice offers that not many people know about.

“I’m 27 and have lived in Eastbourne all my life. I’ve seen the difference counselling can make and decided it was a route I wanted to pursue myself. A few years ago I started my training and am just starting a Bachelor of Science in Person-Centred Counselling, which means I will have a full degree by the time I’m finished.

“I find that bereavement counselling gives the client space to manage their grief. It can be sad, but by helping clients lock into their deep feelings, warm memories come to the surface – it’s a wonderful privilege to be able to share that. Some people get what they need from just one session, but six is the average. The hospice provides supervision and support, which is so helpful.

“I suppose I’m not what people would expect a bereavement counsellor to look like and I was apprehensive about this when I started my training. However, two key factors to counselling are being non-judgemental and being genuine to who we are and I feel that by keeping that part of me on show, by being true to myself, that I may be encouraging honesty and individualism in the client from the get-go.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the hospice should call 01323 434200 or visit www.stwhopsice.org.

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