One woman has found out first-hand how volunteering makes all the difference when it comes to finding a new job. 

Alison Siggs is singing the praises of volunteer work after her experience at Bluebell Wood helped her secure a permanent role in the charity sector. 

Alison said: “I had moved to South Yorkshire and was looking for a part time job, but these were few and far between. I wanted to keep myself busy and work in my community so I approached Bluebell Wood to see if they had any opportunities. I worked one day a week for six months in their eBay department, helping to sort and list stock for sale. 

“I loved volunteering at Bluebell Wood. It gave me a feeling of worth and helped me to understand the hospice environment, as I had never worked in the healthcare sector before. This set me up well when I successfully applied for a part time role. 

“I would encourage anyone to volunteer if they have the time and energy. I felt part of something extremely worthwhile at Bluebell Wood and the working atmosphere was a great mix of both caring and professional.” 

Bluebell Wood, which has The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and is accredited with the Rotherham Volunteer Kitemark Plus, is always looking for new volunteers to join its team. 

Terry Lowell, Volunteer Coordinator, said: “We were so pleased to hear that Alison had secured a job after volunteering with us. It just shows how valuable this is, not only for charities like ours and the families we support, but also for the volunteers who generously give their time too. 

“Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new things, meet new people and make a difference. From helping in our kitchen to greeting people at events, we always need volunteers to help make the most of every opportunity, and we will always welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more.”

To volunteer with Bluebell Wood email [email protected] or call 01909 508116.