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A New Year’s Resolution that will make a HUGE Difference

This time of year we reflect on the year gone and look towards the year ahead.  Many people choose to begin a New Year’s Resolution maybe to eat healthy, lose some weight or even take up a new hobby.  This Year Southern Area Hospice is appealing to everyone to think about giving up some of your time to help others and become a part of our fantastic volunteer team.  Everyone has particular talents, whether it’s good at listening, giving advice, assisting people in need, the list is endless.  But giving up their spare time to help the people in their community is a credit to all the volunteers at Southern Area Hospice.  Hospice volunteers contribute enormously to the range of services offered to patients and their families and play an integral role in delivering services across the Southern Health Board region.

Hospice volunteer Gareth Posnett has helped many patients and their families in the community through his voluntary actions.  Gareth is one of the many volunteers who gives up his time on a regular basis working on the wards at Southern Area Hospice every second Saturday and helping out in any way he can assisting the staff in their daily duties.  Gareth also helps the Fundraising Office with various events in his area and has been known to be an asset to the team of volunteers.

Speaking of why he became a volunteer, Gareth said:

“I first heard of the Southern Area Hospice when my Grandmother was transferred there from Craigavon Area Hospital towards the end of the battle with her illness.  She was a really great lady and was cared for so well at the Hospice that the charity has since remained very close to the hearts of my family.  Southern Area Hospice is a charity that relies very heavily on volunteers and fundraising, so I thought why not get involved and help make a difference”.

“I have to say that my favourite part of volunteering is that I get to meet lots of new people when out and about fundraising, and really enjoy chatting to them, everyone that stops seem to have had some sort of experience of the Hospice through friends or family at some point.  I find volunteering to be really rewarding”.

“Volunteering for Southern Area Hospice has certainly made a difference to my life, for one, it makes me appreciate everything that I am so lucky to have, like my family, friends and my health.  It really helps me to put things into perspective”.

Southern Area Hospice is always looking to recruit new volunteers in Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Lurgan and Banbridge.  There are many options available to become a volunteer in the areas of reception duties, help with fundraising events, driving patients to our Day-Care, join our lottery and much more.

If you or a friend are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our volunteer co-ordinators Andrea McCann or Rosie Teggarty at Southern Area Hospice Services on 028 302 67711 or visit our website at