5 Questions with Jemma Wood - Volunteer Development Manager

What is your role at the hospice and how long have you worked there?

I have worked at the hospice for 8 years, starting with retail as an assistant manager at our Framlingham shop, then went on to manage the Wickham Market shop; I moved to the volunteer team in 2016 and am now the Volunteer Development Manager.

Can you give us an overview of what your day looks like?

No two days are the same for the volunteer team, we will process enquiries and applications for volunteers; go out on shop visits and find places to recruit; attend career fairs, or schools/businesses to promote volunteering.  A large part of our work is to be an ambassador for the hospice, and in the process, find new volunteers with skills that will benefit the hospice and give us the chance to offer opportunities to gain new skills. You might also find me promoting volunteering in the Falkland Islands on my holiday!

What is your favourite aspect of your role?

I love inspiring people to volunteer for us; then seeing them grow in confidence, sometimes going on to get jobs either with the hospice or elsewhere.

Have you got a favourite memory from working at the hospice?

Now you have me, one favourite memory? Volunteering with my children at Who’s Afraid of the Park, I love to dress up and get stuck in, and being able to do that with my children makes it even more special. Dancing in the Strictly contest was also great fun!

What makes your job unique?

I’m responsible for over 1600 volunteers, I care about them all. (I try to remember all their names, please forgive me if I forget occasionally)!


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