The Irish Cancer Society is looking for new volunteers to help out at its Daffodil Centre in Letterkenny Hospital.
The Daffodil Centre is a walk-in cancer information centre for cancer patients, their families and anyone concerned about cancer.
The centre, which offers cancer information and support, is located on-site in the hospital. It is run by Irish Cancer Society specialist cancer nurses and trained volunteers. The Daffodil Centre at Letterkenny Hospital forms part of a network of 13 centres across the country.
Speaking about the recruitment, Deirdre Murphy said, “Our Daffodil Centres are often a first stop for many cancer patients and their families and are a really important resource for reliable, trustworthy information and support.
“All Daffodil Centres are staffed by a trained nurse but are also dependent on trained volunteers who are often the first contact that many cancer patients will have in the hospital. It is a vital role and we are really looking forward to adding to our fantastic team of volunteers around the country.
“Our volunteers are asked to commit to a morning or afternoon (four hours) once a week and there is no requirement for volunteers on the weekend. Following successful interviews, volunteers will be asked to attend four days of training,” she added.
The role of the Daffodil Centre volunteer is to:
- Make visitors to the centre feel welcome.
- Show centre visitors the range of information and resources available and advise them appropriately.
- Arrange for visitors to meet with the nurse.
- Bring visitors/patients to hospital appointments or services.
- Accompany the enquirers to the appropriate department within the hospital.
- Promotion of the centre through leaflet distribution within the hospital.
- Participate in cancer awareness campaigns.
For more information or to apply to become a trained Daffodil Centre volunteer, please contact Deirdre Murphy, Survivor Support and Volunteer Coordinator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd, Dublin 4 on (01) 2310 564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, takes place on March 22nd. Members of the public are urged to get involved and help raise crucial funds for lifesaving cancer research and free support services for cancer patients. Visit www.cancer.ie now to volunteer or donate.